Two arrested on drug charges

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -



EATON — Two Preble County residents were arrested earlier this month after a traffic complaint led to the discovery of both heroin and meth — and the makings of a methamphetamine lab.

Deputies investigated a traffic complaint on Feb. 6, at approximately 4:30 p.m. on U.S. 35 near Sample Drive. Contact with occupants in a vehicle matching the description was made on Sample Drive, according to Sheriff Mike Simpson.

While PCSO deputies were talking with the driver and passenger, “both were extremely nervous,” Simpson noted in a press release. This led deputies to request consent to search the vehicle. Consent was granted.

During the search of the vehicle, deputies located heroin and methamphetamine, as well as a syringe, Simpson said.

They also located several items associated with the manufacturing process of methamphetamine, including coffee filters, batteries, Lye, Drano and rubber tubing.

Deputies arrested both occupants, Zachary Hodapp, 23, of West Alexandria and Joshua Straszheim, 28, of Eaton. Both have been formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court with:

• Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony

• Aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony

• Possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony

• Possession drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor

• Illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Both men were currently housed in the Preble County Jail at press time.



By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.