By on July 17, 2017

2017 ford fusion, Image: Ford Motor Co.

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.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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31 Comments on “Luckiest Ford Dealer in America Finds $1 Million of Weed Inside Mexican-built Fusions...”


  • avatar
    JimC2

    This article is 89 days late! :)

  • avatar
    -Nate

    I hope the druggies don’t get pissed off and chase the car’s new owner expecting to get their dope back.

    -Nate

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Remembering the previous stories about the Fusions in Minnesota, it makes me wonder about what the smugglers’ ultimate plans were, because you *know* they wouldn’t pack the weed in the cars without an expectation of retrieving it later.

    So, that begs the question – did they plan on waiting, and then getting the weed once it arrived on the dealers’ lots? The window stickers on the cars would indicate what dealer ordered them, and the VIN, so it would be easy enough to take a cellphone picture of the sticker, and then later look up the address of the dealer, and walk onto the lot, or employ someone that works at the dealer, to recover the dope.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Criminals aren’t the smartest group, but yeah… what was the pickup plan? Lots of test drives? Truck drivers unloading roadside?

      • 0 avatar
        JimC2

        I’m thinking they planned for one of their guys to be working on the inside at the dealership. Gutsy plan with a few holes in it but not bad either… What are the chances they packed fifty different cars going to ten different dealers? These ones (and the ones in MN and PHX) were found but do you think any got through that we don’t know about?

      • 0 avatar
        JimC2

        (Edit feature is gone)

        I was going to add that the busts were probably from a business rival calling in a tip.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      I would think that they would plan to remove it at the rail yards and to have an inside person there. If it was an inside person at the dealer that would mean a lot of inside people and more care as to which cars it went into. On the other hand going to the dealer gets it direct to that city. On the other hand they could have just planned on finding the cars at the dealers and just breaking into them when the dealership was closed.

      Since this isn’t the first time that it has been found, and the last reported incident was about 3 months ago my bet is that there were a number of shipments that did make it through.

      After the first batch I would think that Ford would alert the dealers to check their Fusions or have them checked at the rail yard while they await the truck ride to the dealership. Fact is one of the previous cases was when an employee found it at the rail yard.

      To me that screams the rail yard is the point and that particular employee found what he was looking for, got caught, made up some excuse as to why he was looking in the spare tire well, and then called the police with his “find”.

      • 0 avatar
        JimC2

        I hadn’t thought about that guy at the rail yard that way… too funny!

        • 0 avatar
          namesakeone

          I was thinking along those lines as well. I don’t think the cars have their window stickers attached until later, so they may not know what cars are going where, which was why the weed was found in 50 cars going to 10 dealerships.

  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    I wonder how much isn’t getting caught by the authorities. In other words, the FBI found $1M of dope this time, but has $100M actually made it through to the buyer?

  • avatar
    tlccar

    Gee, President Trump was right after all wasn’t he?

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    NAFTA in action.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    But it was for medicinal purposes – its a well known fact that Fusion drivers suffer from glaucoma.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Tell me again why legalizing marijuana is such an awful idea?

    • 0 avatar
      nutbags

      How else do you expect our pharmaceutical companies to make money if the most effective and natural pain killer, cancer drug, that has numerous other uses (and some non-medical) is legalized. Pharmaceutical co’s will do everything in their power to keep it illegal on a national level.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      Fact is legalization is a very good idea and the benefits are massive and numerous. In my state roughly 1/3 of the retail price is the state Canabis and sales tax. The bigger benefit is that it is no longer grown in neighborhoods across the state. While many assume it isn’t going to happen in their neighborhoods in the time just after legalization I viewed numerous homes that had been grow operations. My guess is the people who were run out of business didn’t take the time to repair all their modifications and cover their tracks since they weren’t planning on setting up operations some place else since the profit had went away. Sure many were in more isolated areas I found many in nicer neighborhoods and one just a could of blocks from the High School my kids went to and not that far from an elementary school. You also no longer have deals going down in the local 7-11/Safeway/McDonalds/park.

      The federal gov’t is not going to be able to ignore the amount of tax revenue the states are receiving and will want a piece of that pie before too long.

    • 0 avatar
      Erikstrawn

      Marijuana helps people be comfortable with situations they shouldn’t be comfortable with. It ruins people’s motivation by taking away the stress that should be driving them to solve their problems. If you legalize, you better be prepared to deal with homelessness, kids who aren’t being parented, etc. I think it should be legalized, but we need to have open eyes about the consequences.

  • avatar
    bikegoesbaa

    The same reason for most of our bad ideas. It’s to protect “the children”.

  • avatar
    The_Imperialist

    They certainly understand the concept of universal joints.

  • avatar
    cgjeep

    Much better than cash on the hood. Now Chevy is going to have to step it up. Perhaps 8balls for the Malibu.

  • avatar
    operagost

    Should have put “lucky” in quotes, as I’m sure the authorities damaged the vehicles searching them for more contraband, and perhaps even impounded them indefinitely.


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