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      $500,000 worth of cocaine seized on Ohio Turnpike

      Hidden compartment where cocaine was found


      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.

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