December 22, 2014

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$1 million worth of marijuana seized in turnpike stop

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ELYRIA TWP. — A man from Colorado is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 188 pounds of BC Bud marijuana, valued at nearly $1 million, during a traffic stop yesterday.

Troopers stopped a 2011 GMC Yukon for a marked lanes violation eastbound on the Ohio Turnpike east of the Interstate 90 split about 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release.

Troopers observed criminal indicators, and a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle, according to the patrol.

A probable cause search revealed four U-Haul boxes containing 188 pounds of compressed BC Bud marijuana, the patrol said.

The driver, John Davis, 51, of Denver was charged with possession of marijuana and aggravated trafficking of marijuana, both second-degree felonies.

Davis is in the Lorain County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to 16 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

BC Bud marijuana is one of the most potent strains of cannabis, which is usually cultivated in British Columbia. It has a THC content of 30 percent, compared to just 4 percent in traditional marijuana.