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.



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Dr. Information

MJ is still an illegal drug and until the day it becomes illegal, having it on you is a crime. All the other banter above is just that....pointless banter.


slavery was legal till people had pointless banter


Thats a beautiful comment!


How do you think the laws got reversed in Washington and Colorado? Pointless banter

Dr. Information

Still a federal law no matter what states decided to do. Again, pointless banter from the pothead section.

Ellis dee

Just because somebody smokes a little that doesnt make them a pothead. Just like if you drink a few doesnt make you a drunk.


i give up. im not going to try to convince these people. im gonna go burn one!

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It will be legal soon, gotta make all the money from it they can. People are finally waking up and realizing that it isn't anywhere near as bad as booze or prescription drugs. I've never known anyone to smoke a joint and go home and beat their wives, like so many drunks do.


I've often wondered , what the hell kind of toxic pestisides and such they are inhaling.

And ya know these people are gonna try to text and drive while they are stoned.



better hurry and make cellphones illegal. oh, and cars too!!


Cars don't need to be operated by drunk, stoned or texting idiots.

And if you've ever had the results impact your family'd KNOW where I'm coming from.


im sorry for any grief you and your family have suffered and i agree these things should not be done before or while driving. however, not all stoners are texting and not all people texting and driving are stoned or drunk. most are just stupid..

Really are you ...

I know. How about after the people have been convicted of trafficking marijuna. Instead of a controlled burn or however they dispose of it afterwards. They take it and sell it to a State that has already legalized it. Use that cash to fund our school levy. Gamble responsible, how is the money from the Ohio Lottery dispursed to the schools? Sorry did not read previous posts.

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swiss cheese kat

President Barry Obama said the federal government will not arrest individual marijuana users in states that have legalized the drug.

Obama says — quote —"The people have spoken."
Isn't that what Barry said when he won his 2nd term?
Something tells me that when push comes to shove, Barry's heart will be with the potsmokers.

Dr. Information

Of course it will. He's a known pothead himself along with cocaine user. He thinks its so cool.

Ellis dee

Coke and pot is kool to bad ur not


Legalize it already.