High amount of marijuana discovered in new Ford cars made in Mexico

Officials found 400 pounds of marijuana inside 15 Ford Fusions that had been delivered to dealerships in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania. The cars were manufactured in Sonora Mexico crossed the border through Arizona and had all gone through a rail yar

One recent shipment of brand-new Ford Fusions built at Ford's Hermosillo plant came packed with a toasty $1 million worth of marijuana.

The weed was discovered not by border agents, not by the shipping company that brought them into the country, not by Ford, but by a dealership in Youngstown, Ohio, where the cars had been delivered.

The marijuana, divided into 32-pound, half-moon-shaped packages, was found in 15 cars in four OH counties, according to CNN.

Officials are now trying to figure out who put the pot in the vehicles and who apparently did not retrieve it. Each package reportedly weighed 14.5 kilos, or roughly 32 pounds.

It was at the point when the dealerships made delivery inspections that they discovered mini-bales of marijuana, compressed and shaped in half-moons, placed in the spare tire well of the subcompacts.

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Investigators with the help of Ford Motor Company determined the Ford Fusions, which were manufactured in Mexico, came to the United States by crossing the Mexican border into Arizona and made their way to northeast OH, the release says. Similar seizures were made earlier this year in Minnesota and Arizona. Those cars were transported in sealed BNSF Railway cars.

We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously.

A CSX spokesman told CNN that the company is "providing all the support we can to the agencies who are investigating this serious crime and will continue to do so".

The Portage County Sheriff's Drug Task Force is working with the DEA in the investigation.

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