The Portage County Drug Task Force and agents from the Youngstown DEA office recovered more than $1 million of marijuana this week stuffed in new Ford Fusions shipped from Mexico to Northeast Ohio.
"Clearly, something went wrong", the DEA's Silverio Balzano told CNN. The packages were worked into half-moon shapes, with two in each spare tire wheel well.
Officials reported that each bundle weighed about 32 pounds.
The marijuana, divided into 32-pound, half-moon-shaped packages, was found in 15 cars in four OH counties, according to CNN.
The sheriff says no arrests have been made but the investigation continues.
"During this investigation, investigators determined that a rail vehicle containing 15 new Ford Fusions had their spare tires removed, replacing them with compressed packages of marijuana resembling a tire", Doak said.
Dealership employees probably got suspicious when they discovered that the cars had no spare tires, but instead rounded packages crammed with marijuana.
Congratulations, Mexican smugglers! You finally found a way to make the Ford Fusion interesting, albeit in the most illegal way ever.
Dilworth police said the cars were transported in sealed BNSF Railway cars.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is involved in the investigation.
Both Ford and the train shipping company CSX, which transported the vehicles to the US, say that they're taking the matter very seriously.
Ford said they confirmed, "this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards".
We're aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously.