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Troopers seize $1.3 million worth of marijuana during traffic stop

• Nov 9, 2018 at 10:54 AM

OLMSTEAD FALLS – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a California woman after a traffic stop in Cuyahoga County.

During the traffic stop, troopers seized 510 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $1.3 million.

On November 5, 2018, at 1:20 p.m., troopers stopped a 2018 Penske truck with Indiana registration for speed and 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 driver, Keryl J. Lopez, 48, from McKinleyville, Calif., was incarcerated in the Strongsville City Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both first-degree felonies.

If convicted, she could face up to 22 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.

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