PREBLE COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A New Yorker is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 2.5 pounds of hydroponic marijuana valued at nearly $12,000 during a traffic stop in Preble County.
Troopers stopped a rented 2011 Toyota Rav 4 for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 12, at approximately 2:18 p.m. Tuesday. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 2.5 pounds of hydroponic marijuana.
The driver, Milton H. Cerda, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.
The suspect was taken to the Preble County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.