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 For Immediate Release: December 16, 2016
Contact: Lieutenant Scott Wyckhouse (419) 423-3435

Troopers seize 300 pounds of marijuana in Wood County traffic stop

LAKE TOWNSHIP – Two men from Honduras are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 300 pounds of marijuana, valued approximately $1,362,000 following a traffic stop in Wood County.

On December 7, 2016, at 11:47 a.m., troopers stopped a U-Haul box truck, with Arizona license plate registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80, near milepost 70 eastbound. Troopers detected an order of raw marijuana. A probable cause search revealed user amounts of marijuana. A further search of the cargo area revealed five cardboard boxes containing the marijuana.

The suspects, Javier Oritiz-Nunez, 29, and Selin Noralis-Martinez, 35, were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail. All were 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.


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