June 30, 2016

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I-71 traffic stop nets a $45,000 marijuana bust

WESTFIELD TWP. — Two women arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly transporting 20 pounds of marijuana worth more than $45,000 on Interstate 71, remained in the Medina County Jail on Tuesday, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Rachel Cuevas

Rachel Cuevas

Carole Soloman

Carole Soloman

At 1:21 p.m. Monday, a trooper stopped a 2011 Ford Fusion driven by Rachel Cuevas, 38, of Glendale, Ariz., following a lane violation on I-71 north near milepost 207, said Lt. Bill Haymaker of the patrol’s Medina post.

The trooper who made the stop had a drug-sniffing K-9 with him, and the dog alerted to possible drugs in the car, Haymaker said.

Cuevas and her passenger, Carole Solomon, 26, of Cleveland, were charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, according to the patrol. If convicted, each could receive up to five years in prison.

A jail spokesman said Cuevas’ bond was $80,000, and Solomon was being held on a $60,000 bond.

The incident remains under investigation, Haymaker said.

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