More than 1000 pounds of marijuana seized after traffic stop in Madison Co.

Courtesy: Ohio State Highway Patrol

MADISON CO., Ohio (WCMH)– Troopers seized more than 1000 pounds of marijuana, and arrested two men after a traffic stop in Madison County.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, troopers stopped a 1998 Freightliner semi-tractor and trailer, with New Jersey registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 84.

Troopers said a Hilliard Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle, after they observed criminal indicators.

A search of the vehicle revealed the 1002 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5 million.

The driver, 41-year-old Yoel Vareladiaz, of Rosenhayn, N.J and passenger, 64-year-old Varela Sixto, of Sunrise, Fla., were incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.

If convicted, each could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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