Troopers find $11.6 million worth of pot in U-Haul near Dayton - KPTV - FOX 12

Troopers find $11.6 million worth of pot in U-Haul near Dayton

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LEWISBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers uncovered the second largest drug stash in patrol history over the weekend.

Troopers say they stopped an Arizona-registered U-Haul for following another vehicle too closely on I-70 near Lewisburg, Ohio. The patrol says criminal indicators were observed and a drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle.

Inside the U-Haul, troopers say they found 2,330 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $11.6 million.

The driver, Mario Arnold Mendoza, 29, of Port Arther, Texas, and passenger, Hector Andres Olea-Castro, 30, from Tijuana, Mexico were incarcerated in the Preble County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony. If convicted, each could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $7,500 fine.

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