Millbury, Ohio – Police in Ohio arrested a northern California man who was found with 71 pounds of marijuana disguised as Christmas gifts in his SUV.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers stopped a rented Ford Expedition with a Washington State license plate on November 21st after the SUV was seen following another vehicle too closely on Interstate 80.
Troopers said they saw “criminal indicators” and a drug-sniffing dog alerted that there may be drugs in the vehicle. A search revealed 10 gift-wrapped boxes containing 71 pounds of marijuana, 360 THC pills and one pound of hash oil. The drugs were estimated to be worth around $330,000.
31-year-old Eureka resident Daniel A. Yates was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, according to OSHP. If convicted, he could face up to 16 years in prison.
(This article has been corrected from a previous version that incorrectly stated the suspect was from Yreka.)