Doak said it was there that investigators located and seized an additional five packages of marijuana from the trunks of new Ford Fusions. A Ford dealership in Youngstown found the marijuana motherlode in its new Fusions between July 7 and 11.
The weed was discovered not by border agents, not by the shipping company that brought them into the country, not by Ford, but by a dealership in Youngstown, Ohio, where the cars had been delivered.
Pot was packed into half-circle shapes that fit nicely into the car's spare wheel well, with each wheel weighing 14.5 kilos, or just shy of 32 pounds. In total, marijuana was found in 15 cars in four counties in Ohio, Balzano said, and a couple even surfaced in Pennsylvania.
"Since the vehicles came from Mexico, they believed someone in Mexico placed the marijuana in those vehicles", the St. Paul police officer wrote. I guess this explains why they're getting smuggled into Fusions of all things.More news: Gunnar Nelson Blames Eye Poke for Loss
Investigators also determined 15 new Ford Fusions on a rail vehicle had their spare tires removed and were replaced with compressed packages of marijuana resembling a tire, the release says. "We are working with the FBI and Customs on an extensive investigation". As far as we know, most were sold without this special "option".
Pot-carrying Fusions have also been found in the Phoenix area in addition to Minnesota and Ohio.
A CSX spokesman told CNN that the transportation company is "providing all the support we can to the agencies who are investigating this serious crime and will continue to do so".