If you're hauling close to a half-ton of marijuana up from Mexico, here are a few tips:
1. Don't start off by loading it into a vehicle with a cracked windshield.
2. Once on the road, don't follow the car in front of you too closely.
3. For crying out loud, don't keep a giant bundle of the stuff on the seat next to you.
Mexican native Lazaro Montoya, 29, did all of those things.
Ohio State Troopers stopped Montoya's 2004 extended-cab, Ford F150 this afternoon in Preble County because it had a cracked windshield and he was driving too close behind another car. When they looked inside the cab of the truck, they could plainly see a large bundle of weed.
Just to make sure it was real, the Troopers set a drug-sniffing dog on the truck and wouldn't you know, they found 35 more neatly-packed chunks of it in the back of the truck. The total take was 871 pounds which the Ohio State Highway Patrol estimates is worth $2 million.
Montoya won't be seeing whatever miniscule portion of that $2 million he was promised by his higher-ups; he is in jail on charges of posession and could face nine years in prison.