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      State Patrol seizes guns and drugs in Turnpike bust

      A traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Toledo yielded a cache of marijuana, hashish, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and guns, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

      At approximately 9:24 AM, a state trooper stopped a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse with California registration for a speed violation near milepost 59 on the Ohio Turnpike in Lucas County. The trooper observed criminal indicators and initiated a probable cause search. That search revealed six lbs of marijuana, four grams of hashish, four grams of methamphetimine, 34 prescription pills, three handguns, and two rifles.

      The driver, Mark Parker, 52, of Citrus Hills, CA, was charged with two counts of drug abuse, one count of trafficking in drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, which are all third degree felonies. He was also charged with improper transportation of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, which are fourth degree misdemeanors, and possession of a Schedule IV substance, a third degree misdemeanor.

      Parker is incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.