Authorities are looking into how marijuana worth $1 million was hidden in the trunks of brand new, Mexican-made Ford Fusions at a dealership in OH, according to Silverio Balzano, agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Youngstown office.
The sheriff said investigators, with the assistance of Ford Motor Company, were able to determine the cars were manufactured in Mexico and entered the US crossing the Mexican border into Arizona, making their way to Northeast Ohio. The pot was shaped into half-circle-shaped packages and hidden in the area where a spare tire would go.
Five more packages of marijuana were found in Ford Fusions there, the release says.
Officials reported that each bundle weighed about 32 pounds.
Meanwhile, the older buyers of the Fusion tend to include the kind of people who call the cops on you if you're using your lawnmower too early, much less if they find giant bricks of weed in their trunks-as one 87-year-old Fusion buyer did in Minnesota several months ago.
In all investigators recovered nine additional packages of marijuana, in four different counties.
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No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing.
Dilworth police said the cars were transported in sealed BNSF Railway cars.
We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously. "We are working with the FBI and Customs on an extensive investigation".
According to Alpha News, approximately 1,100 pounds of marijuana was smuggled into the USA via 22 Mexican-made Ford Fusions between February and March.
Ford Motor Company is saying that it didn't happen at their production plant nor their internal shipping yards, but somewhere along the supply chain, someone had access to the Fusions, and placed the pot in the trunk.