A Columbus man who allegedly tossed a trash bag full of marijuana plants out of a vehicle window was being held in the Wood County jail on Friday.
Craig Sheppard, 26, is charged with tampering with evidence, trafficking in marijuana, and possession of criminal tools. His bond was set at $15,000.
A Perrysburg Township police officer was following a Chevrolet Tahoe on Thursday that appeared to be evading the officer, according to the State Highway Patrol. The officer asked for backup from the patrol's Criminal Patrol Unit.
Troopers report that two witnesses saw a large trash bag being tossed from a window of the sport-utility vehicle on I-475. Inside the bag, troopers found 25 marijuana plants and an electronic scale.
The SUV, with Mr. Sheppard as the driver, was stopped on Eckel Junction Road. Troopers said the driver admitted that he had bought the marijuana plants in Michigan and was on his way back to Columbus.
If Mr. Sheppard is convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.