At 1:58 p.m., Feb. 7 troopers stopped a rented 2018 Mazda 6 with Pennsylvania registration for a following too close violation 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, Christopher Michael Cortazzo, 38, of Denver, was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana and liquid hash, all third-degree felonies, and possession and trafficking in solid hash, both fourth-degree felonies.
If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.