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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Truck with marijuana hidden in it drives undetected from Texas to Ohio

Akron Beacon Journal, OH
Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio - Authorities say a drug smuggler bragged he drove his truck with marijuana hidden in it through five drug checkpoints from Texas to Ohio before alert Stark County deputies found it.

Officers found about 110 pounds of marijuana stashed inside a false bed of the pickup truck.

Sheriff Timothy Swanson said something didn't look right about the alignment of the tailgate and the bed. So officers drilled a hole through the truck bed and it came out with some clear plastic wrapped around the drill bit, along with the smell of marijuana.

Arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana were Rene Ortiz, 34, and Sandra Elizondo, 23, both of Hartville.

The arrests followed a monthlong investigation by the Stark County Metropolitan Narcotics Unit.

John Oliver, head of the Metro unit, said Ortiz told investigators he paid $5,000 to have the truck altered so items could be concealed in the bed.


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