Patrol seizes 2,330 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $11.6 million

Second-largest recorded Patrol marijuana seizure
Jun 16, 2014


LEWISBURG – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 2,330 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $11.6 million following a traffic stop in Preble County. This is the second-largest marijuana seizure in Patrol history. The largest seizure occurred in 2005 when troopers seized 3,181 pounds of marijuana in Preble County.

Troopers stopped a 2014 Ford U-Haul, with Arizona registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 13, at 2:26 p.m. on June 14. Criminal indicators were observed and a Preble County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 84 bundles of compressed marijuana, weighing 2,330 pounds.

The driver, Mario Arnold Mendoza, 29, of Port Arther, Texas, and passenger, Hector Andres Olea-Castro, 30, from Tijuana, Mexico were incarcerated in the Preble County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.

 If convicted, each could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $7,500 fine.



If they're illegals, they'll get amnesty while in prison.

Love that Obama!!


they were profiled let them go obama




Get a life guys!!!!!!


I don't know what the big deal is, It seems like just enough for personal use.


Should be legal and you know it!


Should be legal yes. Just not like this. Cant collect that sales tax.


Perhaps. But it ain't....
Now what?


why do drug transporters always do something stupid like follow too close or speed? and how did they get in the U.S.?


they probably shot their way in with one of holder's guns..

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They don't make any mistakes other drivers get away with on a regular basis. Most of these guys have red flags (from texass, uhaul, hispanic driver, etc) so the cop will always find a violation under such circumstances. What is "following too closely"? People tailgate me every day and I never see them get pulled over for this violation. I always take the initiative to make their day a little slower when they breathe down my neck. I think I know what following too closely is but that definition changes from person to person and cop to cop and day to day. What is a typcal car length defined as? Cops have all the power in the world to stretch reality. That's the way it is, always has been, and always will be.


That following too close is a national problem.
Got to keep an eye on that.
Glad to know to know no profiling was involved!


Instead of destroying it take it out to Colorado and sell it legally through the state sellers and bring the money back and fill a pot hole or two.

nightroller's picture

I can test it if you want to make sure its marijuana ..... no problem

thinkagain's picture

Tsk tsk, just think how many losers could have medicated their brains to forget their problems and worthless lives.

Left Sandtown

Pot goes for over 4900.00 a pound now,good thing I don`t smoke.I think someones math is off.That could be broken down in Joint sales on the street.God Bless this World!


That isn't a bad way to make a living until you get caught!!!!


Holysee you'll like this (true story). While coming back from Cargill/Toledo at night by trailer was empty of soybeans. Some one got on my backside & stayed there a couple miles. Finally I touched the trailer brakes causing smoke to come from my semi tires and shorty there after red lights came on. I pulled over got out & yelled to the trooper...what the H*ll is wrong with you! Didn't you see that deer run in front of me?! You could have caused an accident! The trooper apologized & never asked for my license.


Love it !


Dang it!!!!!!!! How am I suppose to find a new connection now here in Norwalk with so many snitches here.........Man this suxs!!

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