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Troopers seize $6.3 million worth of cocaine in Northwest Ohio




Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a Quebec man after a traffic stop in Wood County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 165 pounds of cocaine valued at approximately $6.3 million.

On July 31, 2018 at 11:17 a.m., troopers stopped a rented 2018 Chrysler 300 with California registration for several marked lanes violations on the Ohio Turnpike. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.

The suspect, Larbi Benkaddour, 46, was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.

Since 2011, state troopers have interdicted more than $421 million in drugs and contraband including over 2,100 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $80 million.

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