70 pounds of marijuana found during traffic stop in Fulton County

WAUSEON, Ohio (WTVG) - A California man faces felony drug charges after a traffic stop in Fulton County on New Year's Eve.

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped a rented 2017 Ford Expedition with California registration for speeding near mile marker 28 on the Ohio Turnpike. Troopers say they observed criminal indicators and a drug-sniffing canine from the Wauseon police department alerted to the vehicle.

Troopers executed a probable cause search warrant and found 70 pounds of marijuana. Authorities say the drugs are worth about $318,000.

The suspect, Joseph Evans, 25, of Chula Vista, Calif., was incarcerated in the Correction Center of Northwest Ohio and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felonies.

If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.