$500,000 worth of cocaine seized on Ohio Turnpike
Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:59:10 GMT —
Two Illinois men are facing felony drug charges after a cocaine bust on the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County.
State troopers pulled over the suspect's vehicle Thursday near milepost 70 in Perrysburg.
Officers called out a K-9 unit after noticing suspicious activity. The drug dog then sniffed out 6 kilos of cocaine in a hidden compartment built into the rocker panels of the vehicle.
The cocaine has a street value of $500,000.
The driver, Jose Manuel Gonzalez Villalobos, 43, and passenger, Jose Alberto Tizoc-Morales, 33, both of Cicero, Ill., were charged with drug abuse and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies. Villalobos was also charged with possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.
Both suspects were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail. If convicted, Villalobos could face up to 21 years in prison and up to a $42,500 fine and Tizoc-Morales could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.