JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 1002 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately five million dollars following a traffic stop in Madison County.
Troopers stopped a 1998 Freightliner semi-tractor and trailer, with New Jersey registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 84, at 3:15 a.m., on September 9. Criminal indicators were observed and a Hilliard Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.
The driver, Yoel Vareladiaz, 41, of Rosenhayn, N.J and passenger, Varela Sixto, 64, of Sunrise, Fla., were incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.
If convicted, each could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.