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Traffic stop yields 20 lbs of marijuana

Courtney Astolfi • Sep 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Jay Clowers, 36, of Mussey, Mich., and Ryan Renusch, 23, of Pittsboro, N.C., both were charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana.

Renusch was also charged with possession of a schedule III drug.

Clowers was driving a Chrysler 300 on the Ohio Turnpike at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when a trooper pulled him over about 3 miles east of the U.S. 250 on-ramp, troopers said. The trooper stopped the Chrysler for following a car too closely, but caught the scent of marijuana when he approached Clowers’ window, troopers said.

When the trooper confronted the occupants with his suspicions, Renusch pulled a small bag of pot from his pants pocket— but that was hardly the extent of their supply.

A search of the car yielded three suitcases containing 20 pounds of marijuana in large plastic bags, troopers said. Two jars of hashish and 19 hydrocodone pills belonging to Renusch were located as well.

Both men were booked into the Erie County jail, where they remain without bond. Clowers and Renusch are scheduled to appear before Erie County Municipal Judge Paul Lux Friday morning, according to jail personnel.

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