TOLEDO - Three California men are in custody after troopers found pounds of pot hidden in the bumper of their car during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike Tuesday.
Troopers said they stopped the 2010 Honda Civic for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound near milepost 56 at 8:33 a.m. They said they noticed criminal indicators and a search revealed marijuana in vacuum sealed packages hidden in the bumpers and inside door panels of the car.
Ohio State Highway Patrol said troopers found approximately 65 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth an estimated $416,000.
The driver, Jonathan Almanzo Soeun, 20, and two passengers, Da Seth, 25, and Walter Lee Rath, 21, were brought to Lucas County Jail and are facing felony drug charges.
If convicted, the men could each face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.
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