Tuesday, December 18, 2007

PRETTY PRESENTS PACKED WITH POT

DAYTON – For the second time this month, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers in Preble County have made a significant seizure of marijuana hidden in Christmas wrappings during a traffic stop.

This time, a Tuesday morning traffic stop at 10:19 a.m. yielded 45 pounds of marijuana, valued at $102,690, wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper located in the trunk within suitcases of a rented 2008 Dodge Stratus. On December 8, just two miles from today’s seizure, state troopers made a similar seizure of 25 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $56,000 during a traffic stop Interstate 70 in Preble County near milepost 8.

In today’s seizure, troopers stopped the vehicle on Interstate 70, near milepost 6 in Preble County for an unsafe lane change. A drug-detecting canine alerted to the vehicle, and a probable cause search revealed the marijuana wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper located in the trunk within suitcases.

The driver, Qiturah H. Muhammad, 23, of Danville, Pa., and passenger Shawn E. Williams, 25, of Mifflinville, Pa., were each charged with second-degree felony Trafficking in Marijuana, and fifth-degree felony Possession of Criminal Tools. If convicted, each suspect could face up to nine years in prison and up to a $17,500 fine.

The suspects were incarcerated at the Preble County Jail, and will be arraigned tomorrow in the Preble County Court. The vehicle was returned to the rental company.

Through September of 2007, the Patrol had seized more than 3.3 million grams of illegal narcotics valued at approximately $53.8 million. In 2006, the Patrol seized more than 4.9 million grams (11,000 lbs.) of illegal narcotics, valued at nearly $55 million.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's probably more than just a few that would like to find that "stash" under their tree on Christmas morning! ;>)

HO, HO, HO!!

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad that they "Busted" this present!
There is one load that won't be reaching the streets and our kids!Patsy

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, when was the last time a trooper pulled over a vehicle for an unsafe lane change?? There is no doubt it was not random luck.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope - I wouldn't say it was random luck. I'd call it good police work.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darn that means I won't get my presents this year. Ok I am kidding. Fine police work. Haas

8:49 AM  
Anonymous karl said...

Darn it, foiled again. All those wonderful presents were meant for people who I am sure were looking forward to them. Oh well, back to smoking Camels over the holidays. Congrats to the Highway Patrol on some good work! Also, give that drug dog a few extra pig ears for a job well done.

9:24 AM  

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