Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

$1M in marijuana found in brand new Ford Fusions

$1M in marijuana found in brand new Ford Fusions

Once the train crossed the border into the US, they would stop for inspections.

Authorities are looking into how marijuana worth $1 million was hidden in the trunks of brand new, Mexican-made Ford Fusions at a dealership in OH, according to Silverio Balzano, agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Youngstown office.

But apparently that's not the only option that dealers have to get drugs into the U.S. They can also smuggle them using cars manufactured in Mexico.

In Louisiana, we call that lagniappe.

Doak said investigators, with the assistance of the Ford Motor Co., were able to determine the Ford Fusions manufactured in Mexico entered the United States by crossing the Mexican border into Arizona, made their way to northeast OH by train and were dropped off at the rail yard in Warren.

It was at the point when the dealerships made delivery inspections that they discovered mini-bales of marijuana, compressed and shaped in half-moons, placed in the spare tire well of the subcompacts.

Sheriff David Doak said the Portage County Drug Task Force, along with agents from the DEA Youngstown RO, recovered and seized over 400 pounds of marijuana which was being shipped from Mexico to Northeast Ohio. Similar seizures were made earlier this year in Minnesota and Arizona. Officials say that the drugs should have been retrieved on this side of the wall, but in these particular cases, the pick-up never took place.

"We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously", said a Ford Motor Company spokesman.

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