2018-01-03 / Front Page

70 Pound Pot Bust On Turnpike

Marijuana confiscated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dec. 31, 2017Marijuana confiscated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Dec. 31, 2017The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced in a press release that a traffic stop near the Archbold interchange on the Ohio Turnpike led to the discovery of 70 pounds of marijuana.

OSHP officials said troopers stopped a sport-utility vehicle with a California license plate for speeding near the 28 mile marker, about three miles east of Exit 25, the Archbold-Fayette interchange, at about 12:44 am Sunday, Dec. 31.

Troopers observed criminal indicators. A drug-sniffing dog from the Wauseon Police Department was called to the scene. The dog exhibited behaviors indicating there were illegal drugs in the vehicle.

A probable cause search condudcted by troopers lead to discovery of the marijuana, valued at about $318,000.

Joseph R. Evans– courtesy photoJoseph R. Evans– courtesy photoThe driver of the SUV, Joseph Evans, 25, of Chula Vista, Calif., was arrested and booked into the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. Charges of speeding, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and possession of marijuana were filed against Evans in Western District Court Tuesday, Jan. 2.

OSHP officials say Evans could face up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.–Posted 1/3/18 1:40 pm

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