53 pounds of cocaine located by Ohio State Trooper

53 pounds of cocaine located by Ohio State Trooper

COLUMBUS – Two men are facing federal felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized nearly 53 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $2,016,000 following traffic stop in Madison County.

Troopers stopped a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer, with California registration, for a turn signal violation, on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 75, in Madison County at 2:50 p.m. on September 30. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the commercial vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband concealed in a false wall at the front of the trailer.

The Drug Enforcement Administration was contact to assist with the investigation. The driver, Abraham A. Martinez, 48, of Monrovia, Calif., and passenger, Alfredo Ramos, 49, of Marshalltown, Iowa, were incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail and charged with federal conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

If convicted, each man could face up to life in prison.

This seizure is the most recent of three large Patrol seizures within the last two weeks. Troopers seized 20 pounds of marijuana on September 18 in Erie County and 42 pounds of cocaine and two pounds of black tar heroin on September 23 in Wood County.

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