December 21, 2014

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Mechanics find marijuana inside vehicle’s spare tire

About 8 pounds of marijuana were found in the spare tire of a car. COURTESY PHOTO

About 8 pounds of marijuana were found in the spare tire of a car. COURTESY PHOTO

AMHERST TWP. – Mechanics at AutoNation found a large amount of marijuana in a spare tire that they had placed on a car brought into the dealership Monday.

Lorain County Drug Task Force Commander Dennis Cavanaugh said in a news release that a customer brought in their used car because of a screw in the tire. The mechanics removed the damaged tire and replaced it with the spare.

When the car was pulling out, they heard a loud noise coming from the spare tire.

After replacing the tire, Cavanaugh said, they took the tire apart and found about 3 packs of marijuana inside the tire. He said the approximate 8 pounds of marijuana have a street value of about $12,000.

Cavanaugh said the marijuana appears to have been in the vehicle since it was purchased some time ago and the origin of the drugs is under investigation.

Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.