Troopers at Milan post seize $1.5 million worth of marijuana

Ohio Turnpike stop nets 353 pounds of pots; three suspects behind bars
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 13, 2012

 

Three men are facing felony drug charges after state Highway Patrol troopers seized 353 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth an estimated $1,588,500, following a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County.

Troopers with the Milan post stopped a 2012 Dodge 2500 pick-up truck, with Washington registration, for a following-too-closely violation on Interstate 80, near milepost 121, at 9:03 a.m. today.

Troopers detected the odor of raw marijuana and a probable cause search of the vehicle revealed eight large duffle bags containing the 353 pounds of hydroponic marijuana.

Thomas J. Whitlow, 30, of Minneapolis, Kenneth C. Coffin, 54, and Lucas D. Franz, 33, both of Seattle, were incarcerated in the Erie County Jail and charged with drug trafficking and possession of drugs, both second-degree felonies.

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

Drug violations are up significantly this year in Ohio this year, troopers said. Through Dec. 10, the Patrol has made 1,423 more drug arrests than during the same time period in 2010.

Comments

rickross2

Good job Troopers. Now all the high school kids are going to have to get K2 or Bath Salts. Or maybe even Heroin. But at least they wont be smoking any non-habit forming, non-narcotic, harmless weed that still allows you to be a normal member of society. Lets get these kids some oxycontin please.

feedthetrolls

so instead of collecting at least $100,000 in sales tax on the stuff, we will spend money prosecuting these guys. i know some of the local schools could use the tax money.

BrendanandBryce

Because these stand up citizens, given the opportunity, would pay taxes... hahaha... I know I want my schools funded by drug money!! Maybe legalizing prostitution and taxing that could go towards the parks and rec dept.... lol

rickross2

Uhh, if it was legal......the government would be in charge of it. O wait you said stand up citizens didnt you? Yea, I guess you have a point there. But it would be distributed and controlled like cigarettes. Do the math on what we spend to incarcerate these "criminals" vs what we could make on taxing it. No Brainer!

hit the road jack

B&B- YOU ARE STUPID! your kids go to a school funded by alchohol and cigarette taxes and this is OK with you? man,go see a doctor.

Buckeye_Nation

why does it matter where the money comes from?

Ellis dee

I agree. If the kids could just smoke it they wouldnt have to go do the other stuff. Everything in moderation except the govts pills.

Buckeye_Nation

Great comment, totally agree, there are so much more dangerous stuff out there instead of marijuana, and by these troopers making all of these busts, it is just helping the teenagers to discover new things and much more dangerous drugs. so good job, keep up the good work helping the kids get hooked on more dangerous drugs, idiots

Swamp Fox

At least it was following to close and not the standard improper lane usage, my guess there was the standard criminal indicators...

Ellis dee

Probably lookin for washington and colorado plates

deertracker

Who follows too close on the turnpike? PLEASE???

BrendanandBryce

You people are incredibly ignorant and backwards...These troopers took over 1 million dollars of illegal drugs and your stickng up for these stoner losers.... Great job by the local highway patrol!! I hope the next time you or your family needs the police, fire, hwy patrol they hang up on u or send one your drugged out buddies...

feedthetrolls

but alcohol being legal is perfectly ok, right?

BrendanandBryce

Alcohol is legal... Driving drunk is not. I am ok with that. Having over 1 million dollars of pot in your car, I have a problem with that.

mikeylikesit

where do you suppose they come up with these outrageous dollar amounts for this stuff? do you suppose they check the chicago board of trade? it's just sensationalism, trying to make it look like they just saved the world by stopping these evil men and their evil weed. it is reefer madness in its true form..

deertracker

You mean one of THEIR drugged out buddies!

hit the road jack

The only reason this stuff has this much monetary value is because of the so-called Govt. that is so-called against pot,how many times is it reported that drugs being brought into this country by the Govt.? do you actually think that the amount of heroin can show up on the streets of this country without the Govt. having their fingers in on it? come on people,wake up,take off the rose colored glasses! I don't smoke this stuff,but I do know I'd much rather see someone smoke this than drink till they fall down or shoot something in their arm and we have to pick them up,spend thousands of dollares figuring out what killed them and then pay to bury them.

chicken noodle

hit the road jack "The only reason this stuff has this much monetary value is because of the so-called Govt. that is so-called against pot,how many times is it reported that drugs being brought into this country by the Govt.?" Can you post a link to some of these News articles? Because I have never heard or read of any reports that the Govt. is bringing in pot.

hit the road jack

Would someone like you believe an article to your attention? doubt it,do yourself a favor and research it on your own, did you hear this week about HSBC being caught laundering drug money from the cartels? probably not,your head was buried in the sand. how many times when Clinton was in office was it reported about the plane loads of cocaine being seen in Little Rock? (you probably don't remember that) or go to youtube and look for videos of marines guarding the poppy fields in Afghanistan and see what you come up with,you people kill me being so niave about the crooks running this beat up country.

chicken noodle

Why the hostile attitude Jack??? "how many times when Clinton was in office was it reported about the plane loads of cocaine being seen in Little Rock?" So, tell me How many times because it's the first time I heard that. Can you give me a link to that Clinton story about the cocaine in Little Rock please.

hit the road jack

Forget it,your just a hopeless case! no one can tell you anything,you probably never believed your own mother so just go back to your sand box and continue playing.

richrs

B&B take a deep breath and let the trooper zip up his fly.

deertracker

That is toooooooooooooo funny! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2008HD

Way to go O.S.P. keep up the good work.

Ellis dee

Why do you care. Its pot for christ sake

mikeylikesit

it's past time to legalize on both state and federal levels.

vicariouslyAlive

yes, because i want a bunch of people driving around stone out of their goards with no way to test the toxicity of their blood... that's why alcohol is legal and pot is not... you can easily and instantly tell that someone is too drunk to drive by taking a breathalyzer test, there's no way, to date, to test whether or not someone is too stoned to drive. i've listened to high people talk and watched them try to move about... now imagine that crap behind the wheel... now, if everyone would stay put while they drink or smoke, that's one thing, but we all know that that's not the case. if it were, then the term "high ride" wouldn't exist. alcohol impairs movement and judgement, so does pot. so please explain to me why you think one is better than the other? i'd love to hear it. and so help me god if you pull up facts and figure about deaths due to drunk driving i'll hand you a piece of wall to bang your head on... because the only reason why there's no statistic or skewed statistics about people killed in car accidents due to high rides is, once again, because there's no way to test of THC toxicity in the blood at the scene of an accident. and just because it hasn't been proven, that doesn't mean it's not happening, and to say otherwise is just as stupid as saying pot is a better choice than alcohol.

rickross2

This is one of the dumbest most ill-informed commentS I have ever read. Coming from this blog, that says alot. If you dont think they can test your THC level with a blood test, then I suggest you bang your head on the wall. Your ignorance speaks volumes about the type of person you are. SHELTERED!!!!!

AnonymouslyMe

Officers capable of THC blood testing at the scene? not sure that's been invented Einstein. I'm pretty sure that was the point - smoke another one...

mikeylikesit

yeah, keeping it illegal will stop it.. NO,it will just insure job security for law enforcement and prisons. it's illegal because too many people profit from keeping it illegal. legalizing will not suddenly end the world. people use it now even though it's illegal. high ride? never heard that one.. war on drugs? good luck with that one.

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