Marijuana stuffed in spare tire compartments smuggled into US by rail

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Ford vehicles and one Lincoln stuffed with smuggled marijuana from Mexico recently arrived in Lordstown, Ohio, by rail. The cars likely would have traveled on at least two Class I railroads before arriving in Ohio.
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KENT, Ohio — More than a dozen Mexican-built Ford Fusions recently arrived by rail in Ohio with $1 million worth of smuggled marijuana stuffed in the spare time compartments, Reuters reports.

The marijuana was discovered in mid-July at a Ford dealership in Kent, Ohio. Local law enforcement officials and investigators with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency were able to track down the cars and determine they had arrived at an auto distribution facility in Lordstown, Ohio, by rail.

In total, there were 15 Mexican-built vehicles each containing more than 30 pounds of marijuana. At the time of discovery, nine of the 15 cars had already been taken by truck to local dealerships, but five of the cars never left the Lordstown rail facility.

Federal investigators believe the marijuana was to be intercepted at a rail yard while in transit. Investigators were able to conclude the shipment traveled from Mexico into Arizona, but an exact routing was not disclosed.

A similar incident took place earlier this year when more than 200 pounds of marijuana was stuffed in seven vehicles that arrived in a BNSF Railway auto distribution facility in Dilworth, Minn.

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