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For Immediate Release: October 17, 2014
Contact: Lt. Bill Stidham (419) 422-6477 

Troopers seize 260 pounds of marijuana in Wood County traffic stop

PERRYSBURG – Two individuals are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 260 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1.3 million, following a traffic stop in Wood County.

Troopers stopped two vehicles traveling together on October 16, at 1:33 p.m. on the Ohio Turnpike, eastbound, near milepost 77 in Wood County. The first vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Tundra pick-up truck, with Illinois registration, driven by Tiffany A. Samuels, 34, of Pittsburg, Pa., was stopped for a following too closely violation. The second vehicle a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, with Texas registration, driven by Santos J. Romero, 37, of Las Vegas, Nev., was stopped for a marked lanes violation.  Upon contact with Romero, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed no contraband.  A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle driven by Samuels and a probable cause search revealed nine duffel bags containing the contraband.

Both suspects were incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center, and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, each 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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