Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

$1 million worth of marijuana found stashed inside new Ford Fusions

$1 million worth of marijuana found stashed inside new Ford Fusions

The marijuana was found last week inside the wheel well for a spare tire in a new Ford Fusion which was manufactured in Sonora, Mexico, at a Ford dealership in Kent, after one of the vehicles was unloaded from a auto carrier, Balzano said.

Silverio Balzano, agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Youngstown office, says the drugs were found between July 7 and July 1 at a Ford dealership in Youngstown, Ohio, according to WDRB.

The initial discovery was made at the service department of a dealership in Portage County, Ohio, when staff members discovered the pressed marijuana during a delivery inspection, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

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

Both Ford and the train shipping company CSX, which transported the vehicles to the US, say that they're taking the matter very seriously. The packages were worked into half-moon shapes, with two in each spare tire wheel well.

But apparently that's not the only option that dealers have to get drugs into the U.S. They can also smuggle them using cars manufactured in Mexico. They said that along with Customs agents and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they are investigating the incident extensively. At that point, the vehicles, which traveled by train, were dropped off at the rail yard in Warren.

Balzano said the local authorities, dealerships and Ford were all cooperative.

Drug enforcement agents might be especially alarmed because it appears in each of these cases, a hitch arose with the Mexican smugglers' USA counterparts. Ford has "confirmed that this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards", the spokesman told CNN.

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