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Ohio troopers find pot disguised as presents

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ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers say they found 30 pounds of home-grown marijuana concealed as wrapped Christmas presents during a traffic stop.

The patrol said a drug-sniffing dog alerted troopers to the pot during the stop Thursday morning in Lorain County, west of Cleveland. They had stopped a BMW SUV on the Ohio Turnpike for failing to drive in marked lanes.

The patrol said the hydroponic marijuana is worth about $192,000.

Troopers arrested the driver, a 33-year-old man from Madison, Wis.

Troopers boasted an even bigger pot bust on the turnpike Thursday: They seized 353 pounds worth about $1.6 million during a traffic stop in Erie County in northwest Ohio.

But the patrol said that pot was in duffel bags, not Christmas presents.

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