Brand new Ford Fusions loaded with $1 million worth of Marijuana

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2017

The sheriff said investigators, with the assistance of Ford Motor Company, were able to determine the cars were manufactured in Mexico and entered the USA crossing the Mexican border into Arizona, making their way to Northeast Ohio.

Officials are now trying to figure out who put the pot in the vehicles and who apparently did not retrieve it.

"Clearly, something went wrong", the DEA's Silverio Balzano told CNN.

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

Five more packages of marijuana were found in Ford Fusions there, the release says.

Pot was packed into half-circle shapes that fit nicely into the car's spare wheel well, with each wheel weighing 14.5 kilos, or just shy of 32 pounds.

"During this investigation, investigators determined that a rail vehicle containing 15 new Ford Fusions had their spare tires removed, replacing them with compressed packages of marijuana resembling a tire", Doak said.

"This is the first time I've seen it locally", he said, but similar seizures were made earlier this year in Minnesota and the Phoenix area.

Dealership employees probably got suspicious when they discovered that the cars had no spare tires, but instead rounded packages crammed with marijuana.

Dilworth police said the cars were transported in sealed BNSF Railway cars.

Drug enforcement agents might be especially alarmed because it appears in each of these cases, a hitch arose with the Mexican smugglers' US counterparts.

"We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously", a Ford Motor Company spokesman said Saturday. "We are working with the FBI and Customs on an extensive investigation".

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