Driver’s speeding leads to $19K marijuana discovery

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PREBLE County, Ohio — An Indiana man had a court date Wednesday on two felonies after he was found in possession of more than $19,000 worth of marijuana.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped a 2006 GMC Savana van for a speeding violation last week on Interstate 70 in Preble County, according to an OSHP release. After criminal indicators were observed, a drug sniffing K-9 alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search by officers found eight vacuum-sealed bundles of hydroponic marijuana weighing more than 7 pounds locked in the cargo compartment, the release said.

The marijuana has an approximate street value of $19,494, according to the release.

David Alan Cole, 48, of Unionville, Ind., was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail. He had an initial hearing scheduled Wednesday on a third-degree felony charge of possession of marijuana and a fifth-degree felony charge of possession of criminal tools, according to jail records.

OSHP troopers made three large marijuana arrests last year in Preble County. One incident involved 14 pounds worth $30,000, one was 43 pounds worth $123,000 and one was 120 pounds worth $330,000.

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