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 at http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/media/2012/12-198.html. 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.
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