November 23, 2014

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Man charged after $38,000 worth of marijuana is seized during Ohio Turnpike stop

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A man from Pennsylvania is facing felony drug charges after State Highway Patrol troopers seized hydroponic marijuana, solid and oil marijuana hash worth approximately $38,000 during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.

Troopers stopped a 1999 Buick with Pennsylvania plates for a marked-lanes violation between the Baumhart Road and state Route 58 exits at 4:33 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the patrol, criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed eight pounds of hydroponic marijuana, a pound of oil marijuana hash and 140 grams of solid marijuana hash.

The driver, James M. Rabuck, 42, of Middletown, Pa., was taken to the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of liquid marijuana hash, a second-degree felony; possession of marijuana and solid marijuana hash; and aggravated trafficking in drugs, all third-degree felonies.

If convicted he could face up to 23 years in prison and up to a $45,000 fine.