TOLEDO – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 47 pounds of marijuana and 111 grams of hash oil, worth a combined $235,000 following a traffic stop in Wood County.
Within minutes of each other, troopers stopped two vehicles: a 2015 Lincoln MKX, with California registration, and a 2015 Toyota pick-up truck, with Washington registration, both moving violations on Interstate 80, near milepost 70, at 11:20 a.m., on November 23. It was determined during the traffic stop that both vehicles were traveling together. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the Lincoln MKX. Troopers also detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the Toyota pick-up truck. A probable cause search revealed the contraband in the Lincoln MKX and marijuana residue was located in the pick-up truck.
The drivers, David J. Ditoro, 30, of Leavenworth, Wash., and Christopher Moroch, 32, of Stowe, Vt., were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a third-degree felony and trafficking in drugs, second-degree felony.
If convicted, each could face up to 13 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.