A Michigan woman is facing serious drug charges after a traffic stop in Beavercreek led to the seizure of more than 1,000 grams of fentanyl.
Jasmine C. Purifoy, 25, has denied charges of possession and trafficking in fentanyl-related drugs, both first-degree felonies.
Purifoy was indicted by a Greene County grand jury in September, 10 days after Beavercreek police stopped her on U.S. 35 at North Fairfield Road for alleged speeding.
Police said the officer noticed a smell of marijuana and requested a K-9 unit to the scene. After the dog alerted the officers to the presence of narcotics, police searched the vehicle and found several bricks of a powdery substance that tested positive for fentanyl.
The bricks of fentanyl weighed in at 1,046.92 grams, which is enough lethal doses to kill about 500,000 people, according to police.
Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers said in a prepared statement that he was “relieved no one was exposed to this lethal drug during this traffic stop.”
“This incident is a sober reminder of the serious risks to the public, first responders and K-9 units who come in contact with these types of drugs,” Evers said. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to keep these drugs off of our streets and eliminate potential life-threatening risks to our communities.”
Purifoy is being held in the Greene County Jail on $500,000 bond. She is scheduled for a jury trial in December in Judge Stephen Wolaver’s courtroom.
If convicted, Purifoy faces a maximum penalty of 19 to 24 and a half years in prison.
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