OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) – The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department made the largest drug seizure in the department’s history on Thursday.
Sheriff Tom Howard said around 10:00 a.m., Major Rod Vaught and Corporal Nate Dober made a routine traffic stop on two-mile hill.
According to the criminal complaint, the van was traveling at high speeds and unsafely changing lanes. Once they stopped the vehicle, the complaint explained that Major Vaught and Corporal Dober smelled marijuana. The suspect indicated to them that he had marijuana in the center console.
The Sheriff said a search revealed the cargo van was carrying 428 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $1.3 million.
It’s the largest seizure in department history.
This is probably the largest seizure we’ve, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department has had, single seizure. As a traffic stop was made and this is what happened, that’s why we try to work that as best we can.Sheriff Tom Howard, Ohio County
Barry Lee Stadler of Hudsonville, Michigan was arraigned by Ohio County Magistrate Patty Murphy. He is being held in the Northern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.
The case is still under investigation and more details about the suspect and charges will be available after the arraignment.
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