128 pounds of marijuana, 508 containers of THC edibles seized from Tallmadge storage unit

Eric Marotta
Akron Beacon Journal
Tallmadge police K-9 Kato is surrounded by 128 pounds of marijuana and more than 500 containers of THC edibles seized Dec. 22 from a storage unit off I-76.

Police seized 128 pounds of marijuana and 508 containers of THC edibles from a storage unit just off Interstate 76 in Tallmadge after police in Troy, Illinois, stopped a California man last week with marijuana, more than $10,000 in cash and a rental agreement from the Ohio facility.

Tallmadge Police Chief Ron Williams said he was told the amount of cash seized was between $12,000 and $15,000, which he said was enough to initiate an investigation.

Williams said his department was notified Dec. 22 about the 9:15 a.m. traffic stop and that it was suspected the storage unit in the 1200 block of Southeast Avenue was being used to store drugs.

He said the department, working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, obtained permission from the business owner to walk its drug-sniffing K-9, Kato, through the business common areas, then obtained a search warrant around 4 p.m. that afternoon after the dog alerted on the suspect storage unit.

Police said they found 128 pounds of marijuana and 508 containers of THC edibles inside the unit.

Williams said he is not sure what charges have been filed against the 26-year-old California man, who was a passenger in the Florida rental car Troy police pulled over. He did not have information on the car's driver, and Troy police could not be reached for comment.

Williams did not have information on what the California man's connection would be.

"What I'm speculating is it's the proximity to I-76," he said. "It's right off of I-76 ... you make a right turn into their parking lot."

K-9 Kato has been with the Tallmadge Police Department for two years with his handler, officer Jason Corzine.