Self-proclaimed Hurricane Sandy relief worker busted with drugs on Ohio Turnpike

MILAN, Ohio - A man who claimed to be a hurricane relief worker, according to The Sandusky Register , is facing felony drug charges after a bust on the Ohio Turnpike.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said they seized 186 pounds of marijuana and prescription drugs from the car of Christopher Glisson, 33, of Santa Rosa, Calif., during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.

Troopers stopped a 2007 Chevrolet Express cargo van, with Illinois registration, for a following too closely violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 121, in Erie County at 12:06 p.m. on Tuesday.

Troopers said they observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle.

A probable cause search of the van uncovered 123 vacuum sealed packages of marijuana, weighing approximately 186 pounds, according to OSHP. Troopers also found 24 oxycodone hydrochloride tablets and drug paraphernalia.

Glisson was held in the Erie County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.

Trooper Chris Beyer told The Sandusky Register the man said he was going to the East Coast to help with storm relief.

If convicted, Glisson could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.

The confiscated drugs were worth more than $425,000.

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