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Troopers: Second-largest pot bust during traffic stop

Officials seized pot worth more than $11.6 million.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol made its second-largest pot bust in OHSP history, confiscating more than 2000 pounds of marijuana Saturday during a traffic pot bust in Preble County.


Troopers said they spotted a U-Haul truck following too closely on Interstate 70 near milepost 13, shortly before 2:30 p.m.


When they pulled the truck over, officials said the U-Haul rental truck driver and the passenger didn't have valid licenses, so they searched the truck and found 2,330 pounds of marijuana.


Officials seized pot worth more than $11.6 million.


The driver, 29-year-old Mario Arnold Mendoza, of Port Arthur, Texas, and 30-year-old Hector Andres Oleo-Castro, from Tijuana, Mexico, were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.


If convicted, each could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $7,500 fine.

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