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  For Immediate Release: February 23, 2016
Contact: Lt. William Boyd (740) 453-0569

Troopers seize 45 pounds of marijuana in Muskingum County traffic stop


ZANESVILLE – A Maryland man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 45 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $281,486 following a traffic stop in Muskingum County.

Troopers stopped a 2016 Audi A3, with Oregon registration, for a failure to obey a traffic control device violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 154, at 10:40 a.m., on February 19. Criminal indicators were observed and a Zanesville Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.

The driver, Clifton A. Futch, 29, of Belcamp, Md., was incarcerated in the Muskingum County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 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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