Troopers seize $1.3M in marijuana during Ohio traffic stop

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OLMSTEAD FALLS – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers discovered more than 500 pounds of marijuana Monday.

OSP said Thursday troopers filed felony drug charges against a California woman after a traffic stop in Cuyahoga County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 510 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $1.3 million.

OSP said on November 5 at 1:20 pm, troopers stopped a 2018 Penske truck with Indiana registration for speed and marked lanes violations on the Ohio Turnpike. Troopers became suspicious and the vehicle was searched. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.  

The driver, Keryl J. Lopez, 48, from McKinleyville, Calif., was booked into the Strongsville City Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both first-degree felonies.

If convicted, she could face up to 22 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.

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