LAKE TOWNSHIP – Two men from Honduras are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 300 pounds of marijuana, valued approximately $1,362,000 following a traffic stop in Wood County.
On December 7, 2016, at 11:47 a.m., troopers stopped a U-Haul box truck, with Arizona license plate registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80, near milepost 70 eastbound. Troopers detected an order of raw marijuana. A probable cause search revealed user amounts of marijuana. A further search of the cargo area revealed five cardboard boxes containing the marijuana.
The suspects, Javier Oritiz-Nunez, 29, and Selin Noralis-Martinez, 35, were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail. All were charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.
If convicted, each could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.
A photo of the seized contraband is available for download on the Patrol’s website at www.statepatrol.ohio.gov