An Ohio man is facing a felony drug charge after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized a garbage bag full of marijuana buds and stems during a traffic stop in the state's capital.
Troopers stopped a 2002 Ford Expedition with Ohio registration for failing to display a front license plate on Livingston Avenue in Columbus at 4:57 p.m. Monday.
Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. During interaction with the passenger, he admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle's trunk.
A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a garbage bag containing nearly 1.5 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $3,000.
The passenger, Stephen D. Thomas Jr., of Columbus, OH, was incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail. He has been charged with possession of marijuana, which is a fifth-degree felony.
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