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For Immediate Release: December 2, 2014
Contact:  Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Troopers seize 110 pounds of marijuana in Montgomery County traffic stop


BROOKVILLE – A mother and a her son are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 110 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $500,000, following a traffic stop in Montgomery County.

Troopers stopped a 2003 Mitsubishi SUV, with Illinois registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70 westbound, near milepost 21, at 8:27 p.m., on November 20. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed three brown paper bags containing 28 shrink wrapped bundles of compressed marijuana.

The driver, Jose F. Hurtado, 37, and passenger, Maria Hurtado, 77, both of Chicago, Ill., were incarcerated in the Montgomery County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.

If convicted, each could face up to 8 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.

A photo of the seized contraband is available for download on the Patrol’s website at


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