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For Immediate Release: May 7, 2012
Contact: Lt. Jon Payer (937) 773-1131

Troopers seize nearly 18 pounds of Hydroponic Marijuana

SIDNEY – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 17.6 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth more than $112,000, following a traffic stop on Interstate 75.

Troopers stopped a 2004 Mercury Marauder for speed and marked lanes violations on Interstate 75, near milepost 93, at 12:25 a.m. on May 6. Troopers observed criminal indicators and an odor of raw marijuana when detected. A probable cause search revealed 17.6 pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed packages in the trunk.

The driver, Tariq Jamal Haliburton, 25, of Everett, Wash., and passenger, Russell Gregory Lyttle, 31, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Auglaize County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

If convicted, each could face up to six years in prison and up to a $12,500 fine.



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