LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - 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, just before 11 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, was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.