For Immediate Release: September 19, 2012
Contact: Lt. William Stidham (419) 422-6477
Troopers seize 65 pounds of Hydroponic Marijuana concealed in vehicle's bumper
TOLEDO – Three California men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized approximately 65 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth an estimated $416,000, following a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.
Troopers stopped a 2010 Honda Civic for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike, eastbound, near milepost 56, at 8:33 a.m. on September 18. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the marijuana sealed in vacuum sealed packages and concealed in the bumpers of the vehicle and inside the door panels.
The driver, Jonathan Almanzo Soeun, 20, and passenger, Da Seth, 25, both of Stockton, Calif., and passenger, Walter Lee Rath, 21, of West Sacramento, Calif., were incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with drug abuse and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies
If convicted, each could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.
A photo of the seized contraband is available for download on the Patrol’s website at www.statepatrol.ohio.gov
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