OSP finds 263-pound haul of marijuana in Ohio traffic stop

263 pounds of marijuana are seized in a Wood County, Ohio traffic stop (Ohio State Highway Patrol photo).

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A 27-year-old man faces felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 263 pounds of marijuana in his rental vehicle following a traffic stop in Wood County.

The marijuana is valued at roughly $596,484,000.

At 12:31 p.m. Monday, troopers stopped the rented 2016 Chevrolet Suburban, with California registration, for driving in marked lane violation on Interstate 80, near milepost 67, according to a press release from OSP. A drug-sniffing canine was brought to the scene and alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the drugs.

Michael E. Russo, of Port Chester, N.Y., was taken into custody at the Wood County Jail. He has been charged with possession and trafficking in drug, both second-degree felonies.

If convicted, he could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.

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