This is a bad combination.
Employees at a Ford dealership in Youngstown, Ohio, made a discovery of the highly illegal sort in a shipment of cars coming from Mexico.
The staff uncovered about $1 million worth of marijuana packed inside the spare tires located in the trunks of 15 Ford Fusion vehicles being shipped from a manufacturing plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, KTLA reported.
Sheriff David Doak told WJW that the Portage County Drug Task Force, along with agents from the DEA recovered over 400 pounds of the drug.
The vehicles were shipped by rail into a CSX yard in Lordstown, Ohio, where the employees eventually discovered the pot.
The packages, which were shaped like half moons, were stuffed in the wheel wells of the cars’ spare tires.
According to sources, each car had about 30 pounds of marijuana in it, reported WKBN.
“Clearly, something went wrong,” Silverio Balzano, the agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Youngstown office, said, according to KTLA. “Generally speaking, they could take it off anywhere else along the way.”
Balzano said similar seizures were made earlier this year in Minnesota and the Phoenix area, but that was the first time he had heard of such a seizure in Ohio.
A Ford Motor Company spokesman said Saturday that they were aware of the situation and were working with the FBI and Customs to find out where the marijuana came from.
“We have confirmed that this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards,” the spokesman said, reported KTLA.
WJW reported Friday that no arrests had been. The investigation is ongoing.
We can only hope authorities catch who is behind this operation.
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