UPDATE 2/13/13 @ 2 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Tuesday's traffic stops by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, only adds to the large amount of pills and drugs seized by the Lucasville Post since the first of the year.
"Route 23 has become a drug pipeline," says Lt. K.M. Taulbee. "The amount of dope that's on this stretch of road would truly shock people."
Dennis G. Hurd, 56, and Steven T. Washington, 25, of South Point, Ohio, and William D. Whitfield, 28, of Huntington, W.Va., all face felony drug charges after a traffic stop netted 1,004 prescription pills.
An hour earlier, troopers stopped another car along US. 23 and arrested a man and woman from Detroit on cocaine and heroin charges
Since just January 1, the Lucasville Post has seized 8,682 pills, 11.3 oz. of heroin, and 26.5 oz. of cocaine with a total street value of $259,644.
"Every one of our patrol officers calls this part of southern Ohio, home," says Lt. Taulbee. "It impacts us, personally, and if you're dealing drugs in Scioto County, we're going to do our best to catch you."
The Ohio Highway Patrol says the car was stopped on US 23 near Rosemount about 8:30 p.m.
During a search the car troopers say they found 1,004 Oxycodone pills with a street value of approximately $24,096.
Dennis G. Hurd, 56, of South Point, Steven T. Washington, 25, of South Point, and William D. Whitfield, 28, of Huntington, were arrested and charged with possession of oxycodone and drug trafficking,
All three were taken to the Scioto County Jail.