October 22, 2014

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$1 million in marijuana welded in heavy machines in Ohio

COLUMBUS — Federal officials say marijuana worth more than $1 million has been found welded inside heavy machinery in a vacant Ohio warehouse.

WBNS-TV reported five people were arrested Thursday at the warehouse in Columbus.

DEA agents told the station they’d have to use a plasma torch to cut into eight machines called rakes, which and used to cut asphalt.

State Highway Patrol Lt. Ann Ralston said troopers had earlier pulled over a commercial tractor-trailer for following too closely on Interstate 70 near Madison County. Police dogs indicated they smelled drugs, and an ensuing investigation led authorities to the warehouse.

DEA officials said the suspects would be charged with possession and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.