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For Immediate Release: January 26, 2012
Contact: Lt. Mike Combs (330) 833-7462


Patrol finds Marijuana-laced Brownies, Hashish and items for a Marijuana Grow Operation during traffic stop


HUBBARD TWP. – Two suspects are facing drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 20 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of hashish, 32 ounces of hash oil and four large marijuana laced brownies, valued at nearly $63,000. In addition, troopers seized drug paraphernalia and items associated with a marijuana grow operation, following a traffic stop yesterday in Trumbull County.

Troopers stopped a 2003 Honda Element, with Texas registration, for a marked lanes violation, on Interstate 80, near milepost 235, at approximately 12:36 a.m. Upon approaching the vehicle the trooper observed a strong odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search revealed the drugs, paraphernalia, and the following marijuana cultivation items; grow lights, fertilizer, exhaust systems, seeds and industrial filters.

The driver, Bryan Joseph Candito, 25, of Los Angeles, Calif., was charged with possession of liquid hashish, a third-degree felony; trafficking in drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fourth-degree felonies. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; cultivating of marijuana, and possession of marijuana, both minor misdemeanors. Candito’s passenger, Danae Kaitlin Bryan, 19, of Wyomissing, Pa., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.

Both suspects were incarcerated in the Trumbull County Jail. If convicted, Candito could face up to nine-and-a-half years in prison and a $17,500 fine.

Hashish oil is a concentrated cannabinoid product with a high THC level. According to the DEA a drop or two of this liquid on a cigarette is equal to a single "joint" of marijuana.

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