$1M in marijuana found in brand new Ford Fusions


Chunks of marijuana in the shape of half-moons were found smuggled in the spare tire wells of newly manufactured Ford Fusions in OH, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The smuggling was uncovered on Wednesday when workers at a Ford dealer in Kent, Ohio found the marijuana in a new Fusion, said Major Dale Kelly of the Portage County Sheriff's Office by phone.

Investigators found new Ford Fusions at the railyard, and found five more packages of marijuana, also hidden in the trunks of cars.

The remaining cars were delivered to other dealerships in Portage, Stark and Columbiana Counties, as well as one in Pennsylvania.

Bob Bolanzo, the head of the Youngstown Federal Drug Enforcement Administration told local outlet The Vindicator that this is the first marijuana smuggling operation of its kind in the northeast OH area. The cars were built at a Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, the news station reported.

Investigators are now trying to discover where along the supply line were the drugs stashed into the vehicles.

The marijuana was tightly packed into crescents, so that when two halves were put together, they created a circular shape like a tire.

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In fact, said Bob Balzano, who runs the local DEA office, the only time he has heard of the method being deployed was in April, when a similar discovery was made in Minnesota.

Balzano says that this is the first time a seizure of this kind happened in his locality. 'The authorities said the cars left a Mexico plant.

Packed marijuana seized inside Mexican-made Ford Fusion vehicles.

A Ford spokesman said Saturday that the company is aware of the situation and "taking it very seriously".

Ford Motor Co spokeswoman Kelli Felker said the U.S. automaker was working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Customs.

Fords on a dealership lot.