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Florida men accused of trafficking cocaine to Ohio inside boxes of Lunchables

WTSP-TV Tampa-St. Petersburg logo WTSP-TV Tampa-St. Petersburg 2/15/2019 WTSP Staff
Troopers seize $84,000 worth of cocaine in Ohio © Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers seize $84,000 worth of cocaine in Ohio

Two Florida men are facing first-degree felony charges after troopers say they caught the men trying to smuggle cocaine into Ohio in Lunchables boxes.

Charged are Nelson Lopez III, 21, and Nelson Lopez Jr., 41, both from Zephyrhills, Fla.

The men were driving a rented 2018 Ford F-150 with Florida registration when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled them over for making unsafe lane change violations on the Ohio Turnpike. The trooper then became suspicious of the men and asked the driver to exit the vehicle.

Lopez agreed to a pat-down, and the trooper found a loaded .380 handgun in his possession. The trooper then conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle.

Hidden inside two Lunchables boxes, troopers found more than 4 pounds of cocaine worth $84,000. Both men were then arrested and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine.

If convicted, each man could face up to 22 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

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