(Mason) – Ohio State Highway Patrol officers say they found four pounds of hydroponic marijuana worth approximately $20,000 and a fully loaded .45 caliber handgun during a traffic stop in Warren County.
An Ohio man, driving a 2005 GMC van with a Texas license plate, was stopped by Ohio State troopers at 7:11 p.m. on June 14 for a speed violation on Interstate 71 Northbound near milestop 23.
James C. Kenner, 59, of Columbus, was suspected of criminal activities after a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted the officer when it approached the vehicle. During a probable cause search, a black duffle bag filled with marijuana as well as a loaded .45 caliber handgun with two full magazines were allegedly discovered.
Kenner was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a third-degree felony, and possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon, each fourth-degree felonies.
If convicted, he could face up to a $20,000 fine and an eight year prison sentence.