Troopers find 40 lbs of marijuana in car's hidden compartment

Troopers find 40 lbs of marijuana in car's hidden compartment

LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Two men are facing drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers found a hidden compartment in their SUV during a traffic stop in Lorain County.

Troopers stopped a 2005 Jeep Cherokee, with Maryland registration, for following too closely on the Ohio Turnpike last week.

During a probable-cause search, officers found 40 pounds of marijuana, worth $160,000, in a back cargo area. Authorities said the floorboard had been modified.

The driver, Darrell Ross, 23, and passenger, Mason Budd, 46, both from Cambridge, MD, were locked up in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and drug trafficking, and hidden compartment in motor vehicles.

If convicted, each could face up to 18 years in prison and up to a $35,000 fine.

In 2012, Senate Bill 305, prohibited designing, building, constructing, fabricating, modifying, or altering a vehicle to create or add a hidden compartment with the intent to facilitate the unlawful concealment or transportation of a controlled substance.

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