Troopers seized 28 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike Thursday. PHOTO PROVIDED
Two California residents are facing felony drug charges after a traffic stop in Lorain County.
Joanna Garcia, 24, and J. Gildardo Herrera-Martinez, 42, both of Los Angeles, Calif., were stopped on the Ohio Turnpike at about noon on Thursday for following too closely, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Troopers observed “criminal indicators,” and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to on the Chevrolet Tahoe. A probable cause search revealed 28 pounds of marijuana, worth about $127,000, located in the rear cargo area, according to the release.
Garcia and Herrera-Martinez were charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana, both third-degree felonies. They were incarcerated at the Lorain County Jail. If convicted, each could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.
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