Marijuana grow operation busted at traffic stop

Troopers uncovered $63,000 worth of drugs and growing tools.

Troopers seized $63,000 worth of drugs, paraphernalia and tools associated with a marijuana grow operation during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Two suspects in a Honda Element with Texas plates were pulled over with $20 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of hashish, 32 ounces of hash oil and four large marijuana laced brownies stashed in the vehicle. A search revealed the drugs, paraphernalia and the following marijuana cultivation items: grow lights, fertilizer, exhaust systems, seeds and industrial filters.

The driver, 25-year-old Bryan Joseph Candito of Los Angeles, Calif., was charged with possession of liquid hashish, a third-degree felony; trafficking in drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fourth-degree felonies. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor; cultivating of marijuana and possession of marijuana, both minor misdemeanors.

Canditoâ??s passenger, 19-year-old Danae Kaitlin Bryan of Wyomissing, Pa., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.

Both suspects were incarcerated in the Trumbull County Jail. If convicted, Candito could face up to nine and a half years in prison and a $17,500 fine.

Hashish oil is a concentrated cannabinoid product with a high THC level. According to the DEA a drop or two of this liquid on a cigarette is equal to a single "joint" of marijuana.