Authorities find $1 million in marijuana packed in brand new Ford Fusions

  • Authorities find $1 million in marijuana packed in brand new Ford Fusions

Authorities find $1 million in marijuana packed in brand new Ford Fusions

It's not the first time marijuana was found hidden in cars shipped from Mexico, Balzano said. "Generally speaking, they could take it off anywhere else along the way".

A dealership in OH found packages of marijuana hidden in the spare tire wells of 15 brand new, Mexican-made Ford Fusions.

The Portage County Drug Task Force and agents from the Youngstown DEA office recovered more than $1 million of marijuana this week stuffed in new Ford Fusions shipped from Mexico to Northeast Ohio.

"Clearly, something went wrong", the DEA's Silverio Balzano told CNN. Fifteen drug-laden cars were found across four counties in OH, and several were reportedly found in Pennsylvania. Each package reportedly weighed 14.5 kilos, or roughly 32 pounds.

Ford builds the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ in Hermosillo, Mexico.

A similar smuggling attempt was discovered in March in Minnesota, where BNSF Railway police found 217 pounds of marijuana in seven vehicles, according to a Facebook posting by the police in Dilworth, Minnesota.

The sheriff said members of the drug task force were called to a Ford dealership in Portage County when staff members discovered a suspicious package in the trunk wheel compartment of a new Ford Fusion.

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.

On Saturday, a spokesman for the Ford Motor Company said that they are aware of this incident and are not taking it lightly.

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