$11.6 Million Worth of Marijuana Seized in Ohio

$11.6 Million Worth of Marijuana Seized in Ohio

On Monday, June 14, 2014, the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 Ford U-Haul with Arizona registration. The vehicle had committed a following too close infraction along Interstate 70, near milepost 13, in Lewisburg, Ohio.

During the stop, the Troopers had a canine from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office perform a drug-sniff around the U-Haul. The canine alerted positive to the presence of narcotics and subsequently provided the Troopers with probable cause to conduct a vehicle search.

The U-Haul was discovered to contain 2,330 pounds of marijuana in 84 compressed bundles, with estimated street value of $11.6 million. This is the second-largest marijuana bust in the history of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver, a 29-year-old male from Texas, and the passenger, a 30-year-old male from Tijuana, Mexico, were both taken into custody for possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony. They are currently being held in the Preble County Jail, each potentially facing 8 years in prison if convicted.

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