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Traffic stop on Turnpike nets $22,000 worth of marijuana

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Photo courtesy of the State Highway Patrol

A Michigan man was arrested with more than $22,000 worth of marijuana on the Ohio Turnpike, according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Troopers stopped a 2006 Pontiac Torrent for a following too closely and marked lanes violations at 3:17 p.m. Oct. 8 on the Turnpike, near milepost 138, in Amherst.

The trooper detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to the release. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed five pounds of hydroponic marijuana concealed in a cardboard box, worth $22,650.

The driver, Franco F. Ayobe, 54, of Farmington, Mich., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Justice Center and charged with drug possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.