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Troopers seize $5,000 worth of hydroponic marijuana during traffic stop

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Sep 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM

A Columbus man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized half a pound of hydroponic marijuana, worth about $5,000, following a traffic stop in Hancock County.

Troopers stopped a 2012 Ford Fusion for a turn signal violation on Interstate 75 and U.S. 68, at 2:20 a.m. Thursday. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Hancock County drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the marijuana located in the vehicle's trunk, concealed inside of a light fixture box. Troopers also located drug paraphernalia and prescription pills.

The driver, Satin Dm Hammonds, 28, of Columbus, was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule II substance, both fifth-degree felonies.

If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

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