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Agents seize 480 pounds of pot shipped from Mexico to Warren area

17 July 2017, 04:00 | Melissa Porter

More than 400 pounds of marijuana found in new cars shipped to Northeast Ohio

DEA and Portage County investigators find 400 pounds of marijuana hidden in new cars

The Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to figure out how $1 million worth of marijuana ended up hidden in the trunks of new Ford Fusion cars at a dealership in Ohio, CNN reports.

The auto was shipped from Mexico, to a rail yard in Warren, before being searched at the dealership.

"Clearly, something went wrong", the DEA's Silverio Balzano told CNN. The compartment is where the spare tire is stored, Doak said, and the inspection was done after the vehicle was taken off a transport carrier.

Each wheel found inside the Fusions weighed 14.5 kilos, and this recent discovery yielded a total of 15 cars loaded with the odd spares in OH alone.

The Associated Press reports that more than 400 pounds of marijuana has been discovered inside 15 vehicles made in Mexico and sent to OH and Pennsylvania.


It's not the first time marijuana was found hidden in cars shipped from Mexico, Balzano said.

The sheriff said investigators, with the assistance of Ford Motor Company, were able to determine the cars were manufactured in Mexico and entered the US crossing the Mexican border into Arizona, making their way to Northeast Ohio. According to a release posted on the department's Facebook page, police recovered "a large quantity of marijuana packaged in the trunk of seven vehicles where the spare wheel should be".

"We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously", said a Ford Motor Company spokesman.

The Portage County Sheriff's Drug Task Force is working with the DEA in the investigation.



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