Troopers seize 28 pounds of marijuana hidden in gift-wrapped box

Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol
Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol

CLARK COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Washington man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 28 pounds of marijuana, valued at over $63,000, that was hidden in a gift-wrapped package.

Troopers stopped a rented 2011 Chevy Cruze for a driving under suspension violation on Interstate 70 in Clark County on Monday.

The renter of the vehicle was not present and at the request of the rental company the vehicle was being towed for safe keeping. During an administrative inventory drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle's glove box. A probable cause search revealed additional drug paraphernalia in the trunk and a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packages of marijuana.

The driver, Robert A. Gomez, 35, of Bremerton, Wash., was charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana, both third-degree felonies, possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Gomez was incarcerated in the Clark County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to 21 years in prison and up to a $43,500 fine.

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