Law enforcement is investigating how $1 million in marijuana was smuggled from Mexico into the United States inside brand new Ford Fusion cars. The cars, made in Mexico, arrived at a Ohio dealership, and were packed full of an add-on not typically available through Ford dealerships.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) agent in charge, Silverio Balzano from the Youngstown office, the cars were shipped from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico where they were were manufactured. Once they left the Mexican Ford plant, they were shipped by BNSF Train to CSX in Lordstown, Ohio, according to CNN.
DEA officials are trying to figure out when the marijuana was put into the cars, and what happened that it was not retrieved before the cars reached Ohio. It was a plan that started well laid out, but something went wrong, according to Balzano. The pot was hidden in the spare tire wheel well of the cars. Two half moon packages were in each car. But somewhere along the line, something went wrong. It could have been removed almost anywhere along the line, but it appears that someone may have missed their train.
Each car was packed with about 32 pounds of marijuana. The DEA found the drug in 15 cars in four Ohio counties. A couple cars also were found in Pennsylvania. This is the first time that Ohio6 had seen Mexican marijuana shipped in cars, but it was not the first time it has been tried. Earlier in the year, cars with pot were seized in Arizona and Minnesota.
March 2017 once again saw Ford Fusions in Dilworth, Minnesota were packed with drugs. Again, the Ford Fusions were put together in Mexico. Seven vehicles were seized with marijuana packed in the spare wheel compartment of the cars.
On Saturday, a spokesman for the Ford Motor Company said that they are aware of this incident and are not taking it lightly. They said that along with Customs agents and the FBI, they are investigating the incident extensively. They have confirmed that the marijuana is not being placed in the cars at the Mexican plant or in their shipping yards. The cars were delivered to a CSX yard in Ohio7, where a spokesman said the transportation company is supporting the investigation by all the agencies involved. They called it a serious crime and will not rest until the mystery is solved.
So, one should not expect to visit a dealer at a Ford location in Ohio8 for dope. The only high the customer should get is from driving the sporty Ford cars, and not from marijuana.
By Cletus Dillwood
Photo Courtesy Dilworth Police Department Minnesota