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Troopers seize 120 pounds of marijuana

Matt Roche • Updated Dec 18, 2017 at 11:22 PM

EATON – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a California man after a traffic stop in Preble County.

During the traffic stop, troopers said they seized 120 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, which is valued at about $330,000.

At 8:14 a.m. Dec. 13, troopers stopped a 1979 Dodge motorhome with California registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70 near milepost 9. Criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.

The suspect, Ronald L. Martin, 64, of Squaw Valley, Calif., was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail. He was charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

If convicted, Martin could face up to nine years in prison and a maximum fine of $17,500.

The patrol was assisted by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, Eaton Police Department and members of the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force.

Preble County is located in southwest Ohio, west of Dayton and on the Indiana border.

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