July 17, 2017 21:15 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Marijuana found inside of new Ford Fusions from Mexico

Marijuana found inside of new Ford Fusions from Mexico

Officials found 400 pounds of marijuana inside Mexican-manufactured cars that had been delivered to dealerships in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Officials found 400 pounds of marijuana inside Mexican-manufactured cars that had been delivered to dealerships in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania.

During a delivery inspection at a Ford dealership in Kent, Ohio, employees found a suspicious package in the spare tire compartment of a new Ford Fusion.

It turned out to be marijuana compressed to fit into the small space. 

A photograph released by the Dilworth Police Department in Minnesota shows the several tightly packed crescents-shaped packages with pot inside. When two halves were put together, they created a circular shape like a tire.

Packages were found in 14 other Ford Fusions in Portage, Stark and Columbiana counties in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania, totaling 400 pounds of marijuana that's worth over $1million.

Four hundred pounds of marijuana was found inside Mexican-manufactured cars that had been delivered to US dealerships at several locations. During a delivery inspection at a Ford dealership in Kent, Ohio, employees found the drug (above) in the spare tire compartment

Four hundred pounds of marijuana was found inside Mexican-manufactured cars that had been delivered to US dealerships at several locations. During a delivery inspection at a Ford dealership in Kent, Ohio, employees found the drug (above) in the spare tire compartment

Packages were found in 14 other Ford Fusions in Portage, Stark and Columbiana counties in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania. The cars were manufactured in Sonora, Mexico, crossed the border through Arizona and had all gone through a rail yard in Warren, Ohio (stock photo)

Packages were found in 14 other Ford Fusions in Portage, Stark and Columbiana counties in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania. The cars were manufactured in Sonora, Mexico, crossed the border through Arizona and had all gone through a rail yard in Warren, Ohio (stock photo)

The cars were manufactured in Sonora, Mexico, crossed the border through Arizona and had all gone through a rail yard in Warren, Ohio.

'They were marked so they could visually checked by whoever was going to receive the drugs,' Portage County Sheriff David Doak told the Record-Courier.

'We found 15 packages in all, over $1million in street value.' 

This isn't the first time marijuana has been smuggled through cars from Mexico into the US.

'There was a dealership in Minnesota,' Doak said. 'The authorities said the cars left a Mexico plant.

At street value, the marijuana costs at least $1million. The packages of pot had been compressed and stored in the spare tire compartments of the new cars (stock photo)

At street value, the marijuana costs at least $1million. The packages of pot had been compressed and stored in the spare tire compartments of the new cars (stock photo)

'Someone boarded the train to pack the drugs and discard the spare tires and the smugglers board the train to retrieve the shipment. 

'That was a while ago, but it's part of what we're looking at.'

Bob Bolanzo, the head of the Youngstown Federal Drug Enforcement Administration told local outlet The Vindicator that this is the first marijuana smuggling operation of its kind in the northeast Ohio area.

The Youngstown DEA and the Portage County Sheriff's Office are conducting the ongoing investigation.

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