Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers found drugs wrapped like Christmas gifts during a traffic stop Nov. 21.
The incident occurred in northwest Ohio after 31-year-old Daniel Yates was seen following too closely behind another vehicle, WBNS reported.
Officers pulled over Yates, who was driving an SUV, and carried out a search of the vehicle on the basis of probable cause. A police dog was also used.
Officers found 10 gift wrapped boxes which contained 71 pounds of marijuana, a pound of hash wax oil and 360 THC pills. THC is the chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects.
Police estimate the drugs had a street value of $330,000.
Yates was held on a $300,000 cash bond, according to the Springfield News-Sun. He has been charged with possessing and trafficking drugs and will appear in court Dec. 1.
If Yates is convicted, he faces a 16-year prison sentence and could be fined up to $30,000.
The attempt to disguise drugs as gifts has been used during the holiday season in the past. In 2013, police in Wareham, Road Island, seized between eight and 10 pounds of marijuana from a man after the drugs arrived in the mail wrapped like gifts. The street value of the marijuana was estimated at the time as $20,000, according to WJAR.