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.