During the traffic stop, troopers seized 165 pounds of cocaine valued at $6.3 million.
At 11:17 a.m. Tuesday, troopers stopped a rented 2018 Chrysler 300 with California registration for several marked lanes violations on the Ohio Turnpike. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.
The suspect, Larbi Benkaddour, 46, was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.
Since 2011, state troopers have interdicted more than $421 million in drugs and contraband including over 2,100 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $80 million.