A dealership in Ohio recently discovered one million dollars worth of marijuana in brand new Ford Fusions. The cars were manufactured at the Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. It was smuggled into the U.S. by packing it tightly into half-moons and placing them in the spare tire wheel of the Fusion.
The cars were shipped to Ohio via railroad, but obviously someone failed to pick up the shipment. "Clearly, something went wrong," says Silverio Balzano, agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Youngstown office, told CNN. "Generally speaking, they could take it off anywhere else along the way."
The dealership discovered the drugs between July 7th and July 11th.
CNN reports, "Each of the wheels weighed approximately 14.5 kilos, or nearly 32 pounds. In total, marijuana was found in 15 cars in four counties in Ohio, Balzano said, and a couple even surfaced in Pennsylvania."
This is the first time Balzano has encountered this in Ohio, but it's happened in other states with cars shipped from Mexico. Earlier in the year, Minnesota and Phoenix police both found drugs hidden in cars.
Ford isn't staying silent about the matter. They said in a statement:"We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously...We are working with the FBI and Customs on an extensive investigation. We have confirmed that this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards."
A spokesman the railroad company transporting the cars also told CNN that the transportation company is "providing all the support we can to the agencies who are investigating this serious crime and will continue to do so."
It had to be quite the surprise for the dealership who found the marijuana. I wonder if they sold any of the Fusions before discovering the drugs?