Highway Patrol discovers $4 million worth of pot
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:17:17 GMT —
Two traffic stops turned into a drug bust Wednesday after police found about 900 pounds of marijuana in Wood County.
Six men face felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers discovered about $4 million worth of pot hiding in a motorhome.
A trooper working the Ohio Turnpike saw a rented 2014 Subaru Outback, with a Massachusetts license plate, tailgating a motorhome. The trooper pulled over the Subaru at 9 a.m. Authorities said the trooper detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle and noticed marijuana on the driverâ??s pants and found bundles of money worth about $9,000.
Investigators revealed the motorhome and the occupants of the Subaru traveled together. Troopers located the motorhome about half hour later in a service plaza.Troopers searched the motorhome that revealed about 900 pounds of marijuana and $4,000.
Authorities arrested the driver of the Subaru, Frankie Junior Layz, 22 and his passenger William Luciano Jr., 33, both of Rochester, New York. Police also have in custody the occupants of the motorhome: Justin T. Gould, 27, of Rochester, New York; Jimmy Pross Jr., 35, of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Jose M. Manzanares, 36, of Houston, Texas. They are being held in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana that stand as second-degree felonies; money laundering, a third-degree felony; and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.
Officials said one suspect fled with his seven year-old son when the motorhome was pulled over. The suspect was later identified as a known drug violator, of Rochester, New York, and he plans to turn himself in to authorities.