SWANTON Two men from Maine and a man from Montana face felony drug charges after the state Highway Patrol seized three pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Friday on the Ohio Turnpike in Lucas County. Troopers estimate the drugs are valued at more than $135,000.
Troopers stopped a 2003 Toyota Sequoia for a registration violation and a 2001 Volvo XC70 for a following too closely violation. Both vehicles were heading west on the turnpike about 9:51 a.m.
The driver of the Toyota, Charles L. Clark, 24, of Bozeman, Mont., was charged with possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs. The driver of the Volvo, Aaron S. Gile, 19, of Gorham, Maine, and his passenger, Will P. Clark, 20 of Windham, Maine both were charged with complicity.
After the stop, occupants of both vehicles admitted to traveling together, troopers said. The officers observed criminal indicators and a patrol drug-sniffing dog "alerted" to both vehicles. A probable cause search revealed three pounds of BC Bud marijuana and paraphernalia in the Toyota.