PREBLE COUNTY — A traffic stop in Preble County led Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers to a stash of drugs worth more than $100,000 last week.
On Wednesday, April 19, at 11:20 a.m., OSP reports troopers stopped a 2016 Jeep Patriot with a Texas registration for a speed violation on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 9.
“Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle,” OSP noted in a press release. “A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three bags of vacuum-sealed hydroponic marijuana weighing more than 43 pounds, 10 ounces of marijuana edibles, 19 grams of solid hashish, 25 grams of liquid hashish, and 73 vapor pipes.”
According to troopers, the contraband has an approximate street value of $123,597.
The driver, Oliver Dore, 35, of San Jose, California, was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail. He was charged with trafficking in marijuana and liquid hashish, both third-degree felonies, possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and trafficking in solid hashish, a fourth-degree felony.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, according to Eaton Municipal Court records.
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