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OSHP seizes $3.4M worth of marijuana in 2 traffic stops

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized about 195 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth an estimated $1.2 million Tuesday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized about 195 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth an estimated $1.2 million Tuesday.

(Toledo News Now) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized more than $3 million worth of marijuana during two different traffic stops, in two different counties, on two consecutive days.

Preble County

Two CA women are facing felony drug charges after troopers seized approximately 195 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth an estimated $1.2 million, following a traffic stop in Preble County.

Troopers stopped a 2009 Winnebago RV, with NV registration, for following too close on Interstate 70, eastbound around 12:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed numerous cardboard boxes in the rear cargo storage area that contained 197 vacuum-sealed bags of hydroponic marijuana weighing approximately 195 pounds.

The driver, Araceli Diaz Cruz, 25, of Ukiah, CA, and passenger, Almeida Maridantia Alexandra, 37, of Santa Rose, CA, were charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.  

Both suspects were incarcerated in the Preble County Jail. If convicted, they could face up to nine years in prison and up to a $17,500 fine. 

Hamilton County

Two OH men are facing felony drug charges after OSHP troopers seized approximately 570 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $2.2 million following a traffic stop in Hamilton County.

Troopers stopped a 2006 U-Haul box truck, with AZ registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 275 westbound around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Criminal indicators were observed and a drug-sniffing canine alerted troopers to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 32 bundles of marijuana on the floor in the rear cargo area.

The driver, Quincy D. Showes, 25, and passenger Darius J. Jackson, 22, both of Cincinnati, were charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana, which are second-degree felonies.

The suspects were incarcerated in the Hamilton County Justice Center. If convicted, they could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.

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