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For Immediate Release: September 10, 2015
Contact: Lt. Gurjit Grewal (614) 799-4650

Troopers seize 1002 pounds of marijuana in Madison County traffic stop


JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 1002 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately five million dollars following a traffic stop in Madison County.

Troopers stopped a 1998 Freightliner semi-tractor and trailer, with New Jersey registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 84, at 3:15 a.m., on September 9. Criminal indicators were observed and a Hilliard Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.

The driver, Yoel Vareladiaz, 41, of Rosenhayn, N.J and passenger, Varela Sixto, 64, of Sunrise, Fla., were incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana 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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