Troopers find marijuana during traffic stop

Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers found four pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon, according to an OSHP press release.

Officers stopped a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville with a West Virginia registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 178, in Guernsey County at 1:20 p.m. on March 10. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle.

A probable cause search revealed four pounds of marijuana in a backpack in the vehicle’s truck. The contraband has a street value of more than $9,000. Troopers also located synthetic marijuana on the suspect. The driver, Brandon S. Walker, 33, of Hurricane, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Guernsey County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

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