Sheriff Jeffrey Paden said that three men were taken into custody following a traffic stop by his deputies Monday night (February 22nd) shortly before 8:00 p.m. on East Wheeling Ave. in Cambridge. Sheriff Paden said while on patrol Deputies Cory May and Jeremy Johnson were traveling on Wheeling Ave. when they observed a traffic infraction involving a vehicle being operated by a 21 year old Cleveland man. A traffic stop was conducted at that time. Deputies approached the vehicle and found that there were two other male occupants, a 22 year old Cleveland man and a 23 year old Cambridge man. During the investigatory stop, deputes were later joined by Sgt. Leggett and his K-9 Hoke. An open-air sniff was subsequently conducted around the exterior of the vehicle and Hoke gave a positive indication. At that time a probable cause search was completed on the vehicle and deputies located a significant amount of suspected narcotics in the vehicle as well as a loaded handgun on one of the occupants and cash.
All three subjects were taken into custody at that time and transported to the county jail and placed on felony investigation holders. The vehicle was impounded and the evidence seized will be sent to BCI Crime Lab for testing. Investigators from the CODE task force, Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office and Cambridge Police Department continue to investigate and multiple search warrants have been executed resulting from the traffic stop. Sheriff Paden was quick to praise his deputies for their continued efforts to eradicate drugs from Guernsey County and to make this community safer.
All three subjects remain in the county jail until Investigators meet with the Prosecutor’s Office to review the case for potential felony level charges.