Troopers discover 30 pounds of marijuana wrapped as Christmas gifts

Seized hydroponic marijuana worth estimated $192,000.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 15, 2012


\A Wisconsin man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 30 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth an estimated $192,000 following a traffic stop in Lorain County.

Troopers stopped a 2005 BMW X3 SUV, with Illinois registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 139, at 10:49 a.m. Thursday.  Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 30 pounds of hydroponic marijuana concealed as wrapped Christmas gifts.

The driver, Armando F. Flores Deleon, 33, of Madison, Wis., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Yesterday troopers also seized 353 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in Erie County. More info from this seizure can be found by clicking HERE. Drug violations are up significantly this year. Through Dec. 10 the Patrol has made 1,423 more drug arrests than during the same time period in 2011.



One of my favs is:

"Hey! Careful, man, there's a beverage here!"

IMO, would like to see the Coens do a sequel. Wonder how the "little Lebowski" turned out?

nightroller's picture

I be a stoner ... check to see if my name was on one of them gifts please

Paranoid Illusion

Curious as to why you have a picture of the late Jeffrey Hayward. I do not believe his family would be pleased with you associating him with being a stoner. Please take it off and consider putting your own picture there.

Brock Lee

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Dr. Information

Because that is exactly what America needs more of. Stoned people who want to sit around and watch TV, laugh and eat all day long. We already have the problem without weed. Lets just add fuel to the fire.

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swiss cheese kat

So, that's all you do when your high?


... wow, kat, the doc must be squirming after that... tko'd...

Dr. Information

No use for weed in my life. But nice try.


Don't step on the grass Sam.

Weed is so passe, the new drug of choice is hand sanitizer. Drink up!

Swamp Fox

The OSP favorite, "lane violation " and "criminal indicators" just be honest its profiling the tendencies of drug couriers aka mules. I am glad these drugs wil not reach the streets, but lets at least find new violations for the probable cause in stopping them.


Out of state plates. Plain and simple. How many innocent people are gettin' pulled over for just that reason? We don't know since they don't report that kind of thing. Just sayin'.


This will have a backlash if those from Ohio choose to travel in those states that have legalized. Watch and see.


The cartels need to hire unemployed boomers as drivers who know how to obey traffic and speed limit laws.

Also, stay off the OTP. Better scenery on routes like 20, 6 and 224.

The moonshiners used to take back roads.


"Pot is bad" says the schmuck drinking his 16th tall boy for the day. I know more extremely intelligent stoners that could build you a rocket ship while puffin on a dubee, while the straight laced engineer can't even change a flat tire.

Dr. Information

Real life Examples? Or are you just spouting off again.


hmmm.... so stoners are rocket ship putter together-ers??? And non-stoners cant change their tires? Is that your conclusion? just recapping your post! It sounds well put together and fact based, the only thing I agree with is about the drinking and driving. No one wants them on our highways either.

Dr. Information

@brend......Again, I also find this comment made above not only moronic, but clearly coming from a pothead himself (wow1).

Do us all a favor potheads and non-potheads. Check out twitter or facebook and search around and look at all the people who constantly post about pot, smoking joints or hitting bongs. Most are dirty as heck looking, have zero awareness of whats going on, and all they care about it "gettin my next buzzzz on". Yep, definitely the people I want working on my car or

Ellis dee

Dr information Brendan and bryce and slim are what you call dumb mofos


every time the ohio highway patrol bust a guy with weed, it's always hydroponic??? guess the shitty weed just magically appears!!! cause no ones ever caught with 3o pounds of " commercial " weed!! it would be an estimated value of 764 dollars lol!! go for the hydro super troopers!!!


One can't smell the low grade commercial weed, mitch. That hydro stuff smells to high heaven...:)


Legalize it already.


This story is VERY UPSETTING. This means I get nothing for Christmas!