When a woman would not slow down on the road, she rode her truck as close to the vehicle in front of her as possible. She was clearly driving through central Ohio in a hurry. But her driving was so reckless that police were forced to pull her over. As they were questioning her, she started to act suspiciously. Wondering what she might be hiding in the back of her truck, the police proceeded to check her vehicle.
And it was a good thing they did because in the back they found 110 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine just waiting to be distributed to Midwestern drug users.
The truck was registered with Virginia plates. Because it was too close to the vehicle ahead of it, police pulled over the car with the out-of-state plates and decided to teach the driver a lesson. They took out their drug-sniffing dogs to scare her. But the dogs started acting very strange on the side of Interstate 70 in Guernsey County. That’s when they knew the dogs had found something.
In total, 110 pounds of narcotics were found in the back of the truck. That means the woman behind the wheel of the vehicle was hauling $3.7 million worth of illegal drugs across state lines.
The woman has been identified as 27-year-old Ashley N. Tramonte from Marion, North Carolina. She has since been arrested for possession of drugs and drug trafficking. It seems likely that she will be found guilty. And if she is convicted, Tramonte will face up to 20 years in prison as well as a $40,000 fine. With such steep consequences, it doesn’t seem like it is worth the risk to deal drugs.
The massive drug bust occurred just 80 miles east of Columbus, Ohio. It was possible Tramonte was on her way to the city to pass her drugs onto eager buyers, especially those stuck in the throngs of addiction.
Few readers have sympathy for Tramonte. And dozens shared their judgments on Daily Mail.
“I despise tailgaters.”
“Ohio has the worst drug crisis in the country. This won’t put a dent in the supply chain. There are dozens of trucks coming in every day. Opiate capital of the county and no one knows why.”
Some people suggested that if you’re going to traffic drugs and commit felonies, follow traffic laws.
“It’s always some idiotic thing that gets people busted. Transporting kilos of weed from Cali to WA? Yeah just go on with that broken tail light. Expired registration? Whatever.”
“Follow the law, and you won’t get busted. She better watch her back as someone will be looking for reimbursement.”
“Might at least have tried putting something else in the truck to make it a little more challenging to detect.”
One reader thought the police did not stop her from tailgating, per say, but were acting on a tip.
“‘Tailgating’ is subjective. I wouldn’t be shocked if they had a tip.”
What do you think about this case? Why do you think Ohio is struggling so much with opioid addiction?