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Troopers seize meth, marijuana, pills, guns and rifles during traffic stop

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jun 17, 2011 at 10:03 AM

A man is facing multiple felony charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized six pounds of marijuana, four grams each of methamphetamines and hashish, 34 illegal prescription pills, three handguns and two assault rifles following a traffic stop.

Troopers stopped a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse, with California registration, for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 59, in Lucas County at 9:24 a.m. Wednesday.

Criminal indicators were observed and a probable cause search revealed six pounds of marijuana, four grams each of methamphetamines and hashish, 34 illegal prescription pills, three handguns and two assault rifles.

The driver, Mark Parker, 52, of Citrus Heights, Calif., was charged with two-counts of drug abuse, and one-count of trafficking in drugs, as well as, carrying a concealed weapon, all third-degree felonies.

He was also charged with improper transportation of a firearm and drug paraphernalia, both fourth-degree misdemeanors, and possession of a schedule IV substance, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Parker was incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail. If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.

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