For Immediate Release: April 5, 2012
Contact: Lt. Jack Tibbs 937-382-2551
Troopers seize 538 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $2.1 million in Clinton County
WILMINGTON – A man from Mexico is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 538 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $2.1 million during a traffic stop in Clinton County.
Troopers stopped a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan for a registration violation on Interstate 71 northbound, in Clinton County at 4:07 p.m. on April 4. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 24 bundles of marijuana, weighing 538 pounds.
The driver, David A Gutierrez, 25, of Chihuahua, Mexico, was charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.
The suspect was incarcerated in the Clinton County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.
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