BOSTON TOWNSHIP -- A 30-year-old Ottawa Hills man was arrested in Boston Township May 8 by members of the Ohio State Patrol and charged with two felonies after troopers found 71 pounds of marijuana, 26 pounds of solid hashish and 8 pounds of liquid hash oil, all worth about $1.06 million.

Pierce J. Roberts, 30, was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, hashish and liquid hash, all second-degree felonies.

Attorney information was not available for Roberts by press time.

Roberts was stopped by troopers shortly after 2 p.m. after they noticed his 2014 Chrysler 300 make an illegal lane change.

According to troopers, a drug-sniffing dog alerted police and a search was conducted.

"The trunk was full and there was an additional duffel bag in the backseat that also contained the contraband," according to OSHP Sgt. Michael Trader, who was on the scene.

Solid hash and hash oil were both found, along with marijuana.

"Hash is an extremely high concentrate of THC made from the dust off of the [marijuana] plant," Trader said. "The solid hash is smoked and the liquid is commonly used in a vapor paraphernalia."

Trader said finding hash is common, but the amount of this seizure was uncommon.

"But this is what we do on a daily basis. We enjoy our job but we take it serious," Trader said. "We aggressively try to remove the criminal element from the roadways and it's nice when we have some success and make an impact."

According to court records Roberts posted 10 percent of a $100,000 bond May 8 in Stow Municipal Court.


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