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Patrol Seizes 871 Pounds Of Marijuana, Valued At Nearly $2 Million

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
A man from Mexico is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 871 pounds of marijuana, valued at nearly $2 million, during a traffic stop.

Troopers stopped a 2004 Ford F150 extended cab pick-up truck, with Ohio registration, for a cracked windshield and a following too closely violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 13, in Preble County at 12:10 p.m. Thursday.

Criminal indicators were observed, and troopers could see a large bundle of marijuana in the cab of the truck. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed 36 bundles of marijuana, weighing 871 pounds, located in the cab and cargo area of the truck.

The driver, Lazaro V. Montoya, 29, of Mexico, was charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Montoya was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison and a $22,500 fine.

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