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Police find 1,500 pounds of pot during traffic stop

Courtesy Clermont County Sheriff's Office Courtesy Clermont County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy Clermont County Sheriff's Office Courtesy Clermont County Sheriff's Office
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Terry Crowe (Courtesy Clermont County Sheriff's Office) Terry Crowe (Courtesy Clermont County Sheriff's Office)

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CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The Clermont County Sheriff's Office found over 1,500 pounds of pot after they stopped a cargo van for a traffic violation.

It happened Thursday around 2 p.m. while police were on patrol on Interstate 275 near state Route 125.

The deputy stopped the van on a traffic violation and spoke to the operator. During the conversation, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana and deployed a K-9 union, which gave a positive indication for the presence of drugs.

Upon inspection of the van, the deputy discovered that the rear of the vehicle was packed with several bales of marijuana.

The cargo van contained a total of 181 packages of marijuana weighing a total of 1500 pounds. This seizure is one of the largest seizures of marijuana in the history of Clermont County.  Chief Deputy Rick W. Combs estimated the total street value of the marijuana to be 3 million dollars.

The operator of the vehicle and sole occupant, Terry Crowe, 32, of Evansville, Ind., was arrested and charged with trafficking in drugs. His bond was set Friday at $100,000 cash or professional in Clermont County Municipal Court. A preliminary hearing is set for December 12, 2008.

Due to the style of packaging material and the apparent quality of the marijuana it is suspected that the drugs originated from Mexico but at this point very few indicators exist about its exact origination, Combs said.  The investigation is continuing.

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