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Troopers: Drug Suspect Posed As Hurricane Relief Worker

Photo Courtesy: Erie County Jail

Photo Courtesy: Erie County Jail

MILAN, Ohio — When an Ohio State Highway Patrolman pulled over a man who claimed to be a hurricane relief worker headed to the East Coast, something didn’t seem right.

The trooper’s suspicions seemed to be correct, after investigators say a drug-sniffing dog helped them find more than $1 million worth of marijuana and other drugs.

According to a media release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers stopped a van with Illinois plates for following too closely to another vehicle. The stop happened Wednesday at 12:06 a.m. near Ohio Turnpike milepost 121.

The trooper who pulled over the van says the driver claimed to be a hurricane relief worker heading to the East Coast to help with the cleanup following Hurricane Sandy. But when he couldn’t provide a destination, the trooper says he got suspicious.

A drug-sniffing dog was called in. According to the O.S.H.P., the dog helped investigators find 186 pounds of marijuana, 24 oxycodone hydrochloride pills and drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Glisson
Photo Courtesy: Ohio State Highway Patrol

The driver, Christopher Roy Glisson, 33 of Santa Rosa, Calif., was taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana. If convicted, he faces up to 16 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.