An ongoing investigation led to the discovery of six pounds of marijuana in a vehicle Monday, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.
Hillsboro Police Chief Todd Whited said that police officers from the HPD, Highland County Sheriff’s Office and the 23 Pipeline Task Force were investigating illegal drugs coming into the city through U.S. Postal Service mail to an undisclosed address. He said that when officers conducted a traffic stop late Monday afternoon, they were not surprised to find six pounds of marijuana.
“We knew it would be where it was at,” Whited said.
The police chief said the drugs were packaged in a package that was much larger than it needed to be. He said the drugs could have fit into a grocery bag.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jeremy Curtis, 39, of Wilmington, who had three active warrants out for his arrest, according to the police department. One warrant was from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on a reckless operation charge, another was from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear for a child support hearing, and the third warrant was from the Wilmington Police Department for failure to appear on a DUI charge.
Whited said Curtis was being held in the Highland County Jail on the warrants pending an 8 a.m. hearing Wednesday in Hillsboro Municipal Court.
The police chief said the case against Curtis for the six pounds of marijuana will be forwarded to the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office for presentation to an upcoming grand jury session.
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