$1 Million Worth Of Marijuana Found Inside New Ford Fusions Again

DEA and Portage County investigators find 400 pounds of marijuana hidden in new cars

DEA and Portage County investigators find 400 pounds of marijuana hidden in new cars

Authorities say more than 400 pounds of marijuana has been found in 15 new cars made in Mexico and shipped to OH and Pennsylvania to sell.

Investigators also determined 15 new Ford Fusions on a rail vehicle had their spare tires removed and were replaced with compressed packages of marijuana resembling a tire, the release says.

The cars in question were built at a Ford plant in Mexico and shipped to an OH dealership.

The cars were transported to OH from Mexico by train, according to the Tribune Chronicle.

The Portage County Sheriff's Drug Task Force is working with the DEA in the investigation.

Now, investigators are trying to discover where along the supply line the marijuana was packed into the cars - and who failed to retrieve it.

In all investigators recovered nine additional packages of marijuana, in four different counties.

Silverio Balzano, the agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Youngstown office, said this is the first time he has seen this type of smuggling locally. (Which sounds like the sort of project that could keep stoners happy for hours.) Each pair of packages weighed about 32 pounds. He does, however, know of similar cases in Arizona and Minnesota.

Investigators with the help of Ford Motor Company determined the Ford Fusions, which were manufactured in Mexico, came to the United States by crossing the Mexican border into Arizona and made their way to northeast OH, the release says. Those cars were transported in sealed BNSF Railway cars.

A Ford spokesman said Saturday that the company is aware of the situation and "taking it very seriously".

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