Ohio state troopers find drugs wrapped as Christmas gifts in SUV

Ohio troopers found 10 gift wrapped boxes containing 71 pounds of marijuana in an SUV.  (Ohio State Highway Patrol)
Ohio troopers found 10 gift wrapped boxes containing 71 pounds of marijuana in an SUV.  (Ohio State Highway Patrol)

- The State Highway Patrol says troopers found 71 pounds of marijuana and other drugs wrapped as Christmas gifts in a vehicle that was stopped for a driving violation in northwest Ohio.

The patrol says the drugs seized Monday on Interstate 80 in Wood County, south of Toledo, have an estimated street value of $330,000.

A trooper stopped the rented sport utility vehicle for following another vehicle too closely, and that led to a search of the SUV with help from a K-9. Investigators found the drugs in 10 gift-wrapped boxes.

The patrol says the 31-year-old driver from Eureka, California, was jailed on suspicion of drug trafficking. He has a court appearance scheduled next week.

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