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State troopers seize truck carrying one ton of marijuana

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Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than a ton of marijuana, worth more than $11.6 million following a traffic stop in Preble County. 

Troopers stopped a 2014 Ford U-Haul, with Arizona registration, for following too closely on Interstate 70 on Saturday.

A drug-sniffing canine alerted authorities to possible drugs inside the vehicle. A search revealed 84 bundles of compressed marijuana, weighing 2,330 pounds.

The driver, Mario Arnold Mendoza, 29, of Port Arthur, Texas, and passenger, Hector Andres Olea-Castro, 30, from Tijuana, Mexico were incarcerated in the Preble County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.

If convicted, each could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $7,500 fine.

This is the second-largest marijuana seizure in Patrol history. The largest seizure occurred in 2005 when troopers seized 3,181 pounds of marijuana in Preble County.

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