|OHP seizes 33 lbs. of pot in Ohio Turnpike incident|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 23 July 2013 09:25|
MILLBURY - Ohio Highway Patrol troopers seized 33 pounds of pot, worth nearly $150,000, in Lake Township Saturday during a bust on the Ohio Turnpike.
Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, with Montana registration, for a speed violation on the turnpike near milepost 72 just before 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Criminal indicators were observed, and an OSP drug-sniffing dog was altered to the vehicle.
During a search, 27 vacuum-sealed bundles of marijuana were discovered.
The driver, Joseph M. Darrah, 30, Felton, Penn., was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.
He is being held in Wood County jail on $250,000 bond, and was to appear in Wood County Court of Common Pleas Monday.
If convicted, Darrah could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.
The OSP conducted two other pot busts on Wood County roadways last week, including a Wednesday incident in which 907 pounds of marijuana, worth $4.1 million, were seized, and five men were arrested.
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