Highway Patrol seizes marijuana worth $1.3 million on Ohio Turnpike


OLMSTEAD FALLS, OH (WCMH) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Monday afternoon.

The stop took place Monday around 1:20pm on the Ohio Turnpike in Cuyahoga County. Troopers say they pulled over a 2018 Penske truck with Indiana registration for speed and marked lanes violations.

According to the patrol, 510 pounds of marijuana was discovered during a search after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle. The marijuana was packed into U-Haul boxes.

The driver, Keryl J. Lopez, 48, of California was taken to the Strongsville City Jail and is charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana.

If convicted, she faces up to 22 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

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