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Over 2,300 pounds, second-largest recorded patrol marijuana seizure

Last updated: June 18. 2014 11:43AM - 390 Views
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LEWISBURG – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 2,330 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $11.6 million following a traffic stop in Preble County. This was the second-largest marijuana seizure in Patrol history, according to troopers.


The largest seizure occurred in 2005 when troopers seized 3,181 pounds of marijuana in Preble County.


Troopers stopped a 2014 Ford U-Haul, with Arizona registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 13, at 2:26 p.m. on Saturday, June 14.


Criminal indicators were observed and a Preble County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 84 bundles of compressed marijuana, weighing 2,330 pounds, troopers said.


The driver, Mario Arnold Mendoza, 29, of Port Arther, Texas, and passenger, Hector Andres Olea-Castro, 30, from Tijuana, Mexico were incarcerated in the Preble County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.


If convicted, each could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $7,500 fine.


Additional court information was unavailable at press time.


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