Multi-Million Dollar Drug Bust In Muskingum Co.

by Katie Jeffries on February 24, 2010 at 7:32 am

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office seized one of its largest amounts of marijuana in recent history.

On Friday night, Deputy Justin Thompson and his K-9 partner, Dalko, were working a special detail when they pulled over a semi tractor trailer containing 921 pounds of marijuana.

"In my mind it is, in talking with Sgt. Ron Buchanan of our narcotics division he can remember being parts of 500 or 600 lbs we have confiscated, but to get 921 lbs on one load it is a large amount," tells Sheriff Matt Lutz of Muskingum County.

The driver of the tractor trailer is 44-year-old Prisciliano Rojas Jr. from Texas. Sheriff Lutz says his office cannot release if the truck was meant for Muskingum County or if it was just passing through. Either way, Sheriff Lutz says the new K-9, Dalko, earned his money for his training.

"This is a pretty big load for any dog to hit, let alone a new dog and he is doing very well," says Sheriff Matt Lutz.

The street value of the marijuana is between one and two million dollars. Rojas is being charged by Muskingum County Prosecutor, Michael Haddox, with possession of drugs, a felony of the 2nd degree. Also, permitting drug abuse which is a misdemeanor of the 1st degree. The case remains under investigation.



Katie Jeffries