A man who was previously deported from the United States and re-entered illegally has been charged with possessing about 185 grams of methamphetamine in Newark.

Lucio Hinojosa Hernandez, 34, of Columbus, was arrested Monday after detectives with the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force observed his vehicle at a known drug location.

He was charged Tuesday morning with aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony.

Court records show Hernandez’s vehicle was observed arriving at the residence, which was in Newark, and then leaving a short time later. 

After a traffic violation, officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of Ohio 79 and Union Street.

Hernandez, who was a passenger, was identified as the owner of the vehicle. A canine alerted to possible drugs inside the vehicle, court records show, and a search was conducted.

During the search, about 185 grams of methamphetamine were located in the floorboard in the backseat on the passenger side.