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For a second time this week, troopers seize sizeable load of marijuana in Northwest Ohio

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Sep 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

A Kentucky man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized approximately two pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $4,500, following a traffic stop in Hancock County.

Troopers stopped a 2008 Mitsubishi Laser, bearing Kentucky registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 near milepost 157, at 4:10 a.m. Thursday. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Hancock County drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two bags of marijuana in the vehicle's trunk.

The driver, Justin Jones, 21, of Burlington, Ky., was incarcerated at the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

If convicted, he could face up to 12 months in prison and up to a $2,500 fine.

On Tuesday, troopers seized about 65 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth an estimated $416,000, in vacuum-sealed packages that were concealed in the bumpers of the vehicle and inside the door panels.

In that incident, troopers stopped a 2010 Honda Civic for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike, eastbound, near milepost 56 in the Toledo area, at 8:33 a.m. A probable cause search led to the marijuana bust

The driver, Jonathan Almanzo Soeun, 20, and passenger, Da Seth, 25, both of Stockton, Calif., and passenger, Walter Lee Rath, 21, of West Sacramento, Calif., were incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with drug abuse and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies,

If convicted, each could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.

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