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Ohio authorities discover over 400 pounds of marijuana in new Ford Fusions arriving from Mexico

July 16, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ohio authorities discover over 400 pounds of marijuana in new Ford Fusions arriving from Mexico

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Marijuana discovered inside shipment of Ford Focus cars

Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have launched an investigation after more than 400 pounds of marijuana was discovered in a shipment of new Ford cars in Ohio and Pennsylvania, which had arrived from Mexico earlier this week.

Law enforcement officials said officers in Ohio responded to calls from a Ford dealership in Portage County after employees working in a service department discovered a package of marijuana during an inspection of the arriving vehicles.

Officials told NBC4 that workers found the weed in the spare tire compartment of a Ford Focus.

Drug task force investigators descended on a rail yard near Warren County where they discovered more tightly pressed packages pressed in the shape of a spare tire, in the trunks of arriving Ford Fusions, according to local reports.

The 400 pounds of marijuana was found hidden in 15 cars shipped into the U.S. (AP Photo)

Authorities also found more marijuana contraband at other dealerships in the northeastern Ohio counties of Columbiana, Mahoning, and at a Ford dealership in Pennsylvania.

The cars were manufactured at Ford’s Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

The vehicles crossed the Mexican border into Arizona before being shipped to the rail yard in Trumbull County.

Police officials don’t believe any employees at the plant had involvement in the scheme and DEA Agent Bob Balzano said it remains unclear whether anyone at Ford’s Sonora facility participated in the smuggling attempt.

“Someone screwed up and was supposed to pick up the drugs before they made their way to area dealerships,” Balzano said. “We don’t know at what point (the marijuana) was put into the vehicles.”

It’s not the first time drug traffickers have used Ford cars made at the Sonora plant to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

As JammedUp previously reported, authorities discovered 1,100 pounds of weed, worth over 1.1 million-dollars in the trunks of newly arriving Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKs, in Minnesota back in April.

Balzano said authorities have yet to make any arrests but the investigation remains ongoing.

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