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Ohio man caught with 600 pounds of marijuana

An Ohio man is facing charges of unlawful marijuana trafficking and possession in Klamath County after Oregon State Police discovered more than 600 pounds of marijuana and nearly 40 pounds of marijuana extract in the bed of his Chevy pickup.

Dustin Schoenhofer, 41, of Maumee, Ohio, was arraigned in Klamath County Circuit Court on four felony charges Thursday, a day after his arrest on Highway 140 East by an OSP trooper who initially pulled him over for going 57 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to court records.

Police found 632.5 pounds of marijuana packed in to 21 bales and 36.8 pounds of suspected butane honey oil extract in the bed of Schoenhofer's black 2015 Chevy. The products were bound for Ohio, police said.

An odor of raw marijuana during the traffic stop first prompted the trooper to search Schoenhofer's vehicle, according to court records. Schoenhofer told the trooper he didn't know anything about what was in the back of the truck, police said.

Schoenhofer is lodged in the Klamath County Jail on $45,000 bail. Court records show the District Attorney's office objected to his entry into a county drug court program, citing "650 pounds of marijuana and no local connections," as its reasons.

Police found more than 600 pounds of marijuana in the back of a pickup during a traffic stop. (Submitted photo)