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 For Immediate Release: June 15, 2016
Contact: Lt. Scott Wyckhouse (419) 423-3435

Troopers seize 221 pounds of marijuana in Lucas County traffic stop


SWANTON – A man from Arizona is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 221 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1,000,000 following a traffic stop in Lucas County.

Troopers stopped a 2012 Dodge Caravan, with Arizona registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 52, at 12:10 a.m., on June 9. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.

The passenger, Paul Schmitt, 29, of Tucson, Ariz., was incarcerated at the Lucas Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.

If convicted, he 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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