Monday, April 13, 2009


Milan – A Pennsylvania man is facing felony drug charges in the Erie County Court today after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 124 pounds of marijuana, valued at $281,000 during a traffic stop Sunday on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County.

The driver, David M. Denbraven, 45, of Wagontown, Penn.., was charged with aggravated drug trafficking, a second-degree felony.

Troopers stopped a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica being driven by Denbraven for a speed violation at 12:42 p.m. Sunday eastbound on the Ohio Turnpike near milepost 117. Denbraven was arrested for OVI and an administrative inventory of the vehicle revealed 124 pounds of marijuana contained in five suitcases in the rear cargo area.

Denbraven was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail. If convicted of the felony drug charge, he could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.

In 2008, the Patrol seized more than 5.2 million grams of illegal narcotics valued at approximately $47.5 million.


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