Latest reports on the Ford Fusions controversy claimed that authorities are now looking into how $1 million worth of marijuana was hidden inside a brand new, Mexican-made Ford Fusions at a dealership in Ohio. This news and report shocked most investigators since this case seems to be not just like the ordinary drug-related cases.
According to the agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Youngstown Office, Silverio Balzano, the cars that were used for carrying the marijuana were made at the Ford plant located in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. These cars were shipped and transported by rail using a CSX yard in Lordstown, Ohio, Balzano.
The latest development in the case claimed that the authorities are now looking into the suppliers of the said marijuana. Apart from trying to discover the supply line, the investigators are also looking for those who failed to retrieve it.
In the said case, CNN claimed that authorities reported that the marijuana was tightly packed in the shape of half-moons and that it was actually concealed in the spare tire wheel wells of the car. Because of this, the authorities concluded that something went wrong in this operation since the marijuana could just be taken off anywhere else along the way.
Balzano even added that it was a dealership in Youngstown who was able to discover the marijuana between July 7 and July 11. The dealership noticed something which was wrapped in the shape of half-moons and was being put into the wheel wells for the spare tires of the Ford Fusions.
Moreover, it was reported that this was not the first case of marijuana hidden inside the cars and were being shipped from Mexico. Though this was the first time the authorities have seen it locally, similar seizures and cases were already reported just this year in the Phoenix region and in Minnesota.
Just last March, NBC News reported that a police in Dilworth, Minnesota was able to discover rugs which were packed in Ford Fusions also manufactured and made in Mexico. In the said case, a large quantity of marijuana found inside the trunk of seven cars was recovered by authorities.
The Ford Motor Company released a statement saying that they are aware of the situation and they are taking it seriously. With the recovery of the $1 million worth of marijuana, the company is now working with the FBI and Customs to conduct an extensive investigation.