$1 million worth of marijuana discovered in Ford Fusions at Ohio dealership
Several cars were manufactured at a Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. They were then transferred by rail to a dealership in Lordstown, Ohio. Somewhere along the supply line, marijuana was packed into the shape of half-moons and hidden in spare tire wheel wells of the Mexican-made Ford Fusions.
“Clearly, something went wrong,” said Silverio Balzano, agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Youngstown office. While the marijuana was discovered between July 7 and July 11, it is currently unclear as to who packed the marijuana into the cars, and where it happened.
Each wheel weighed nearly 32 pounds. Altogether, marijuana was found in 15 cars across four Ohio counties. Discoveries were also made in Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, similar findings were also made in Arizona and in March, in Dilworth, Minnesota—marijuana was found in the spare tire wheel wells of seven Mexican-made Ford Fusions.
“We’re aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously,” said a Ford Motor Company spokesman on Saturday. “We are working with the FBI and Customs on an extensive investigation. We have confirmed that this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards.” The railway company is “providing all the support we can to the agencies who are investigating this serious crime and will continue to do so,” according to a CSX spokesman
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