$1M in marijuana found inside Ford Fusions

Virginia Carter
July 17, 2017

With all the talk of healthcare bills and tax reform battles in Congress, Americans might've forgotten about another of Donald Trump's pet projects: a border wall with Mexico. Once the train crossed the border into the USA, they would stop for inspections.

Odd as that may sound, the man has a point: smugglers have used a range of methods to toss bags of drugs into America.

Authorities are trying to get to the bottom of how $1 million worth of marijuana ended up in several Ford Fushions at OH auto dealerships.

Authorities indicate that similar cases involving "420'd" Ford Fusions have also recently been identified in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, as well as in Phoenix.

In Louisiana, we call that lagniappe.

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With the cooperation of Ford Motor Company, agents found that the Fusions were manufactured in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, shipped into the US through Arizona and eventually Northeast Ohio by train until they were unloaded in Trumbull County.

A dealership in Youngstown gradually discovered the marijuana between July 7 and July 11, Balzano said, packed in the shape of half-moons and placed into the wheel wells for the vehicles' spare tires. (Which sounds like the sort of project that could keep stoners happy for hours.) Each pair of packages weighed about 32 pounds.

It's not the first time marijuana was found hidden in cars shipped from Mexico, Balzano said.

Local law enforcement, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration and customs officials want to find out how they had access, and who let it slip through the cracks.

"We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously", a Ford Motor Company spokesman said Saturday.

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