The Ohio Highway Patrol seized nearly $13,000 of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Painesville.

According to OHP, on July 17, troopers stopped a 2002 Chevrolet Venture for a left-of-center violation on Chestnut Street.

When troopers approached the car, they saw drug paraphernalia in plain view. A probable cause search of the suspect revealed a bag of methamphetamine in the driver’s pocket as well as two more bags containing 161 grams of meth in the car. The meth was worth $12,877 according to OHP.

The driver, 38-year-old Rickey Lee Moody, 38, of Creston, Ohio, was charged with first-degree felony drug trafficking and first-degree felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with fourth-degree felony possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which were both misdemeanors

A preliminary hearing in Painesville Municipal Court is scheduled for July 24. If convicted of the felonies he faces up to 21 1/2 years behind bars.

By Staff report, The News-Herald