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Published: Thursday, 8/27/2009

California man facing drug charges

A Riverside, Calif., man was arraigned yesterday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on felony drug charges after the Ohio Highway Patrol seized nearly six kilograms of cocaine from his vehicle.

Eriberto Zamora, 19, was charged with possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

The drugs were seized during a traffic stop Tuesday on the Ohio Turnpike in Lucas County. They were valued at more than $850,000.

Troopers stopped a 1996 Ford pickup truck with Illinois license plates for a marked-lanes violation just west of the Airport Highway exit.

A drug-sniffing canine alerted troopers that there was something in the vehicle and a search revealed 5.7 kilos of cocaine. Five kilograms is about 12 1/2 pounds.

Mr. Zamora was being held yesterday in the Lucas County jail on a $500,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to 21 years in prison and a $42,500 fine.

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