Three face charges after Ohio Turnpike stop


Staff writer

COLUMBUS – Three Steubenville residents are facing drug charges following a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

The patrol reported the driver, Kory D. Smith, 27, and passengers, Lauren A. Luke, 25, and Brandy Lee Ross, 19, were stopped by the patrol on Tuesday. Troopers found 2 ounces of heroin, 192 oxycodone pills and one ecstasy pill, all worth approximately $17,000.

The patrol reported Luke and Ross had the drugs concealed in their clothing.

Smith, Luke and Ross were incarcerated in the Summit County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies; possession and trafficking in a Schedule II substance, both second-degree felonies; and possession of ecstasy, a fifth-degree felony. Luke and Ross also were charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

If convicted, Smith could face up to 37 years in prison and up to a $72,500 fine, and Luke and Ross could face up to 42 years in prison and up to an $82,500 fine.

Kory Smith and his brother, Lonnie Smith, 31, had been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Tristan Jackson, 27, who was shot once in the head shortly after 2 p.m. on April 19 on Pittsburgh Street, City Police reported.

But the charges were dismissed while the county grand jury continues hearing evidence in the case.