Lucas County traffic stop yields 100 pounds of marijuana

Published: Apr. 27, 2018 at 11:01 AM EDT
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A California man faces felony drug charges after a traffic stop in Lucas County.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers pulled over a 2010 Ford Flex with California registration for speeding on the Ohio Turnpike near mile marker 59.

During the traffic stop on April 26 at 8:20 am, troopers noticed the smell of raw marijuana while talking to the driver. A probable cause search revealed 100 pounds of marijuana, which troopers say is worth about $450,000.

The driver, Artin Geshishyan Khoygani, 32, of Montrose, Calif., was incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.

If convicted, he could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.