17 Pounds Of Pot Seized

WAPAKONETA — More than $112,390 worth of drugs — 17.6 pounds of marijuana — was seized during a traffic stop on Interstate 75.

Troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol seized the hydroponic marijuana, which was grown in a basement or closet, following a traffic stop near the County Road 29 exit north of Sidney.

Sgt. Brian Jordan said while the original violation occurred in Auglaize County, the trooper observing it followed the vehicle for a while before stopping Tariq Jamal Haliburton of Everett, Wash., for failure to follow marked lanes and speeding. Upon making contact with Haliburton and a passenger, Russell Gregory Lyttle, of Detroit, numerous indicators of criminal activity were observed.

Haliburton, who was driving without a valid motor vehicle operator’s license, was found with a small amount of marijuana on his person.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of the 17.6 pounds of marijuana in a duffel bag in the trunk of the vehicle.

Both suspects in the vehicle were incarcerated in the Auglaize County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.