NE Ohio traffic stop turns up $1.2 million in pot

$1.2 million in marijuana was seized during a traffic stop in Elyria, Ohio.

ELYRIA, Ohio (WYTV) – A man and a woman are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 235 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1,200,000 following a traffic stop in Lorain County.

Troopers stopped a 2007 Chevy 1500 pick-up truck for a traffic violation about 3:53 p.m. on Jan. 21.

A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and troopers searched the car.

The driver, Kimberly M. Benson, 42, and passenger, Daniel M. Essad, 62, both from Reno, Nev., were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.

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

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