When it comes to ranking cars by the level of excitement generated, Ford Fusions must be near the bottom of the list. They are ubiquitous, reliable and sturdy. But, let’s be honest: They’re kind of boring.
Which may be why smugglers find it so effective. Who would search for weed in such a mundane ride?
Last week, more than 400 pounds of marijuana — estimated to be worth about $1 million —was discovered inside 15 Mexican-made Fusions en route to Ohio.
The sedans — manufactured at the Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico — were shipped by train into a rail yard in Lordstown, Ohio.
According to Silverio Balzano, an Ohio-based DEA agent, a dealership in Youngstown discovered the marijuana between July 7 and July 11. The smuggled booty was packed into half-circle shapes that fit snugly into the spare wheel well.
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“We’re aware of the situation and are taking it very seriously,” a Ford Motor Company spokesman said. “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.”
This isn’t the first time Ford’s popular sedan was used to smuggle marijuana into the country. Earlier this year in Minnesota, about 1,100 pounds of cannabis was found hidden in the trunks of 22 new Fusions.
Not even a giant, see-through, solar wall would be able to stop this.