Likely the answer to the prayers of one very bored sales representative, an Ohio-based Ford dealership was issued a batch of Mexican-built Fusions sedans with roughly $1 million of marijuana hidden inside. The vehicles were assembled in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and shipped by rail into a CSX yard in Lordstown before making their way to a Youngstown Ford dealer.
According to the local police department, the dealership gradually discovered the marijuana between July 7th and July 11th — packaged in half-moon containers covertly stored in the spare-tire compartment under the trunk’s lining. Since it’s unlikely this is a bold new promotional strategy on the part of Ford, authorities are currently trying to uncover who was supposed to take delivery of the drugs before they arrived at the dealer lot.
“Clearly, something went wrong,” Silverio Balzano, the agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Youngstown office, told CNN. “Generally speaking, they could take it off anywhere else along the way.”
The packages, which resembled a 32 pound half-wheel of cheese, have cropped up before. “This is the first time I’ve seen it locally,” Balzano explained, but identical seizures were made earlier this year in Minnesota and the Phoenix.
In March, authorities in Dilworth, Minnesota also discovered drugs packed into Fusions shipped from Mexico. Seven vehicles were found to have similarly concealed packages of marijuana after the police department directed dealers to carefully inspect any new product shipped to them by rail.
At the time, the FBI estimated that over 1,000 pounds of weed had been captured by local agencies — and all of it hidden in the back of Ford’s conservative midsize sedan. One vehicle was even sold with the drugs still in the trunk.
“We’re aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously,” a Ford Motor Company spokesman said on Saturday. “We are working with the FBI and Customs on an extensive investigation. We have confirmed that this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards.”
CSX Transportation, Ford said, has specified it is cooperating with authorities by “providing all the support [it] can to the agencies who are investigating this serious crime and will continue to do so.”
This goes without saying but, if you’ve purchased a new Ford Fusion within the last few months, it might be worth your while to check the trunk for an extremely dope surprise.
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