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Troopers seize 83 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $188,000, in traffic stop

Wire • Feb 1, 2011 at 3:00 PM

A man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 83 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $188,000 during a recent traffic stop.

Troopers stopped a 2011 Kia Sorento SUV for an unsafe lane change on I-70, near milepost 8 in in Preble County at 9:28 a.m. Thursday.

Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed three large bundles of marijuana, four marijuana cigarettes, and 45 prescription pills.

The driver, William J. Meyer, 38, of Rochester, N.Y., was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a second-degree felony. Other charges are possible.

The suspect was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

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