A Columbus man is behind bars after throwing 25 marijuana plants from his vehicle to avoid arrest on I-475 in Wood County.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers were called to assist a Perrysburg Township officer who reported a suspicious vehicle on I-75 attempting to evade him. Two separate witnesses told troopers they saw an occupant from the suspect vehicle throw a trash bag out the window on I-475 near mile marker 2. Troopers located the bag along the interstate and found marijuana plants and an electric meter, used for marijuana cultivation, inside.
The suspect vehicle was later spotted on Eckel Junction Road and troopers initiated a traffic stop. The driver, 26-year-old Craig Sheppard, admitted to ownership of the marijuana plants and was arrested for tampering with evidence, drug trafficking and possession of criminal tools. If convicted, Sheppard faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.