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A seven-year-old boy was taken from the scene by his father during a Wood County, Ohio, drug bust of more than 900 pounds of marijuana Wednesday.

The traffic stop conducted by Ohio State Highway Patrol seized the marijuana worth more than $4 million and about $13,000 in cash.

A recent news release says troopers noticed a Subaru Outback following too closely to a motor home which was also following the car in front of it too closely.

Troopers pulled over the Subaru and noticed the smell of marijuana as well as marijuana on the driver's pants.  A probable cause search was performed and the trooper found $9,720.

Investigations found the Subaru and motor home were traveling together and the RV was found a short time later in a service plaza.  A traffic stop with probable cause was executed finding 907 pounds of marijuana and remaining cash.

The driver of the Subaru, Frankie Junior Layz, 22 and his passenger William Luciano Jr., 33, both of Rochester, NY, and the occupants of the motor home: Justin T. Gould, 27, of Rochester, NY, Jimmy Pross Jr., 35, of Charlotte, NC, and Jose M. Manzanares, 36, of Houston, TX, were taken to Wood County Jail and were charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana, money laundering and possession of criminal tools. 

The news release says the man who fled the scene of the motor home traffic stop with his seven-year-old son was identified as a drug violator from Rochester, NY and plans to turn himself in to authorities.