Two men are facing felony charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) troopers seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Madison County Wednesday morning.
The marijuana seized is worth about $5 million, according to a release from OSP.
Troopers stopped a 1998 Freightliner semi-tractor and trailer for a marked lanes violation on Interstate-70 near milepost 84 in Madison County about 3:15 a.m. A Hilliard Police Department drug-sniffing K9 investigated the vehicle, which police proceeded to search.
Yoel Vareladiaz, 41, of Rosenhayn, N.J., and Valera Sixto, 64, of Sunrise, Fla., were charged with drug trafficking and drug possession, both second-degree felonies. They were taken to Tri-County Regional Jail.
If convicted, the two could face up to 16 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
Reach Brandon Semler at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.
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