ZANESVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – A Maryland man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 45 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $281,486, following a traffic stop in Muskingum County Friday.
Troopers stopped a car with an Oregon license plate for a failure to obey a traffic control device on Interstate 70 at 10:40 a.m., on Friday, according to a press release. Police observed some kind of behavior in the car that made them suspect criminal activity, although the release did not specify what behavior. A Zanesville Police Department drug-sniffing dog seemed to indicate that drugs were in the vehicle, and police initiated a probable cause search and found the marijuana.
Police arrested the driver, Clifton Futch, 29, of Belcamp, Maryland, and charged him with trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony.
If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.