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Ohio troopers arrest Nevada County man suspected of transporting marijuana

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More than 100 pounds of packaged marijuana linked to a North San Juan man was seized from a U-Haul truck during a traffic stop in Ohio.
Photo courtesy Ohio State Highway Patrol | Photo courtesy Ohio State Highwa

A North San Juan man was arrested in Ohio after state troopers reportedly found him transporting more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped a 2012 GMC U-Haul box truck with Arizona registration for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike near Toledo just before 1 a.m. on Nov. 29, according to a press release.

Criminal indicators were observed and a drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle, the press release stated. A probable cause search revealed 101 pounds of marijuana, which was valued at approximately $235,835.

The passenger, Nicholas C. Ashman, 38, of North San Juan, was booked into the Wood County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, he could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine, the release stated.

No information regarding the driver of the truck was available as of press time.

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