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Marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $4.1 million and $13,908 in cash were seized after two related traffic stops Thursday morning by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on the Ohio Turnpike.

According to the highway patrol, 907 pounds of marijuana were seized and six men face felony charges after the stop in Lake Township.

A trooper observed a rented 2104 Subaru Outback, with Massachusetts registration, following too closely to a motor home that was also following a vehicle too closely.


The Ohio State Patrol seized pot valued at over $4.1 million. (Photo
courtesy of Ohio State Highway Patrol)

The trooper attempted to stop both vehicles at 9:04 a.m. but was only able to stop the Subaru at milepost 71 and detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle and observed marijuana on the driver’s pants. A search of the vehicle revealed $9,720 in bundled cash.

Troopers were able to determine the occupants of the Subaru and motor home were traveling together and located the motor home about a half-hour later at a turnpike service plaza. A search of that vehicle revealed the marijuana and $4,188 in cash.

Frankie Junior Layz, 22, who was driving the Subaru and his passenger, William Luciano, Jr., 33, both of Rochester, New York, and those in the motor home, Justine T. Gould, 27, of Rochester, Jimmy Pross, Jr., 35, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jose M. Manzanares, 36, Houston, Texas, were incarcerated in the Wood County jail.

They’ve been charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking, both second degree felonies, money laundering, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

One suspect who was in the motor home fled with his 7-year-old son. The highway patrol described him as a known drug dealer in the Rochester area and said he plans to turn himself in to authorities.

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