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Traffic stop leads to $5 million pot bust

The seized contraband (Photo: Twitter/@OSHP) The seized contraband (Photo: Twitter/@OSHP)
Yoel Vareladiaz (left), Varela Sixto (right), photos provided by the Tri-County jail Yoel Vareladiaz (left), Varela Sixto (right), photos provided by the Tri-County jail
MADISON COUNTY, OHIO (FOX19 NOW) -

Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 1002 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $5 million, following a traffic stop Thursday morning. 

Troopers say they stopped a 1998 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer, with New Jersey registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70, between Columbus and Dayton, in Madison County.

A Hilliard Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed the contraband, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver, Yoel Vareladiaz, 41, of Rosenhayn, N.J., and passenger, Varela Sixto, 64, of Sunrise, Fla., were charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in drugs. They are being held in the Tri-County Jail, in Mechanicsburg.

Officials say if convicted, each could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.

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