Troopers seize $165,000 worth of CBD Oil in Muskingum County

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OSHP News Release

For Immediate Release: February 28, 2019
Contact: Lieutenant Joel Smith (740) 630-4970

Troopers seize $165,000 worth of CBD Oil in Muskingum County

COLUMBUS - Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against two Rhode Island men after a traffic stop in Muskingum County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 7,040 liquid ounces of CBD oil worth approximately $165,000.

On February 25, at 12:04 p.m., troopers stopped a 2017 U-Haul truck with Arizona registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.

The driver, Joshua Sellers, 37, of Providence, R.I, and passenger, Richard Defedele, 37, of North Kingston, R.I., were charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance, a first-degree felony.

If convicted, each one of them could face up to 11 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.

A photo of the seized contraband is available for download on the Patrol’s website at 

CBD oil is made from strains of cannabis that contain low levels of THC.

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