SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — A 52-year-old California man is facing charges after State Highway Patrol troopers recovered 143 pounds of marijuana and 300 grams of hashish, according to a news release from the Highway Patrol.
Leo Charkins is charged in the incident that happened during a traffic stop Wednesday on the Ohio Turnpike in Boston Heights, the release says. The marijuana and hashish are valued at approximately $333,905, authorities said.
Troopers stopped a 2017 Kia Sportage with Florida registration for a marked lanes violation, according to the release.
Troopers frisked the man and he removed a pill bottle of marijuana from his pocket, the release says.
A probable cause search of the SUV found 18 5-gallon buckets containing the contraband, authorities said.
Charkin was taken to Summit County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, according to the release.
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