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Police stop major shipment in Texas to Ohio drug pipeline

3:00 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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Two Canton men have been charged in U.S. District Court after authorities stopped a shipment of nearly a ton of marijuana from reaching the Cleveland area.

Ray Sanchez, 46, and Andy Fagan, 29, are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

According to an affidavit in the case, Sanchez contacted a counterpart in Texas to allegedly arrange for a large amount of pot to be shipped to Ohio. The following day, according to the court document, Fagan sent $20,000 to the Texas connection which police suspected was related to the drug shipment.

It was indicated the shipment was due to arrive on August 15. On that morning, police learned Homeland Security agents intercepted the truck when it crossed the border at Laredo, Texas.

The semi contained 1,718 pounds of marijuana hidden in recycling equipment.

Sanches and Fagan were subsequently arrested.

The case is being investigated by a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency Task Force comprised of members of the Cleveland Division of Police, Independence Police Department, Broadview Heights Police Department, Brooklyn Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations. The Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force also assisted.

The investigation is ongoing.

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