Five Face Drug Charges After Turnpike Arrest! 

Five Face Drug Charges After Turnpike Arrest! 
Posted by FoM on February 11, 1999 at 11:23:47 PT

 Five men accused of trying to hide 140 pounds of suspected marijuana in a trailer of furniture will be arraigned today on drug charges in Maumee Municipal Court.
The men - three from Phoenix, one from Cleveland, and a Mexican national - were arrested Monday on the Ohio Turnpike in Lucas County near Swanton, authorities said.Marc O'Bannon, 27, Oscar Urquijo-Morales, 36, and Michael Lee Ezell, 51, all of Phoenix; Clifton Turner, 49, of Cleveland, and Efrain Barraza-Quintero, 20, of Sonora, Mexico, are being held in the Lucas County jail.Mr. Turner and Mr. Ezell are each charged with second-degree felony drug possession. The other men are charged with complicity to possess marijuana, a second-degree felony.A trooper with the Ohio Highway Patrol's Findlay district drug interdiction team stopped a pickup truck pulling a trailer in the eastbound lanes about 11:40 a.m. for speeding, patrol spokesman Lt. John Born said.Mr. Turner was driving the truck and Mr. Ezell was a passenger. About five minutes later, another trooper stopped a Chevrolet Suburban in the westbound lanes after the driver, Mr. Barraza-Quintero, allegedly made an illegal U-turn from the eastbound lanes. Mr. Urquijo-Morales and Mr. O'Bannon were passengers in the vehicle.Lieutenant Born said Mr. Barraza-Quintero and his passengers ``were linked together by the occupants of the pickup truck.''The lieutenant said troopers observed ``indicators'' of possible drug activity in the pickup truck and called a drug-detecting dog that alerted them to possible drugs.The pickup truck, the trailer, and the Suburban were taken to the patrol's Swanton post, where troopers searched the vehicles and found the marijuana in boxes hidden under furniture in the trailer, Lieutenant Born said.
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