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Police: Suspect threw marijuana plants from SUV

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Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol
Craig Sheppard  (Source: Wood County Jail) Craig Sheppard (Source: Wood County Jail)

A Columbus man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers recovered 25 marijuana plants and an electric meter, used for marijuana cultivation, after it was thrown from a vehicle on Interstate 475 in Wood County.

A Perrysburg officer noticed a Chevy Tahoe acting suspiciously and trying to evade the officer. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers responded to the area and two separate witnesses observed an occupant of the suspect vehicle throw a large trash bag out of the window on Interstate 475.

Troopers located the bag along the interstate and found it to contain the marijuana plants and electric meter.

Troopers later observed the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The driver, Craig E. Sheppard, 26, admitted to the ownership of the contraband and that he had just purchased it in Michigan and was enroute to Columbus. He was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; trafficking in marijuana and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.

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