CANTON Troopers arrested four men at two separate locations — just miles apart and within an hour on I-77 — after the men were stopped and found to have hypodermic needles and meth.
One of the vehicles contained a loaded gun with a chambered round, according to Stark County Jail and court records.
The jail records show the following men were arrested at 12:38 a.m. Thursday at the interstate and Faircrest Street SW: Michael D. Noe II, 39, of Gallipolis and formerly of Louisville; Craigery R. Long, 25, who has no permanent address; and Jackie T. Hunt, 43, of Therman, Ohio. Troopers initially pulled over the trio for a “stop bar violation,” the records show.
The troopers also believe the driver, identified as Noe, was impaired.
When they spotted hypodermic needles in plain view, the troopers conducted a search that turned up more needles and an undisclosed amount of meth. They also found Noe had a loaded gun.
The court records show the men admitted to having previously used meth.
Each was booked into the jail on charges of aggravated drug possession and possession of drug abuse instruments. Noe was additionally jailed on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, OVI, no occupant restraining device and failure to obey traffic control devices.
All three men remained behind bars later Friday, each in lieu of more than $100,000 bond pending Canton Municipal Court hearings.
Before the men were taken from the scene to be booked into the jail, troopers about 4 miles north north on I-77 pulled over another vehicle.
Chad M. Williamson, 42, of 3166 Alpine St. NE in Plain Township, was arrested at 1:21 a.m. at milepost 105 by troopers who stopped him for a turn-signal violation. They found 2 grams of meth and a hypodermic needle in plain view, according to the jail records. Milepost 105 is at the Tuscarawas Street W exit in Canton.
The troopers also seized two more hypodermic needles. He was jailed on a drug paraphernalia warrant and charges of OVI, aggravated drug possession, possession of drug abuse instruments, turn and stop signal violations and no safety belt.
Williamson remained behind bars later Thursday, held without bond pending court hearings.