ERIE COUNTY, Ohio - Three men were arrested after troopers found more than $1.5 million in marijuana during a traffic stop in Erie County.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pulled over a Dodge pick-up truck on the Ohio Turnpike just after 9 a.m. Thursday for following too close.
Troopers smelled raw marijuana and searched the car, finding eight duffel bags with about 356 pounds of pot, the patrol said. According to the patrol, the pot is worth about $1.588,500.
Thomas J. Whitlow, 30, of Minneapolis, and Kenneth Coffin, 54, and Lucas Franz, 33, of Seattle, were arrested. Troopers said they were taken to the Erie County Jail and charged with drug trafficking and possession of drugs.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has made 1,423 more drug arrests through Dec. 10 than they did during the same period in 2010.
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