Chris Kinsler, assistant Clark County prosecutor, said if Pawar posts bond he will have to wear a GPS monitoring device to ensure he returns for trial. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.
Both the highway patrol and prosecutor’s office said this is the largest cocaine bust in recent memory.
“As seizures go, this is pretty enormous,” Kinsler said.
Ralston said successful use of the tip line helped troopers catch Pawar. It’s an important tool to combat drug trafficking, she said.
The cocaine has been sent to the patrol’s crime lab in Columbus for testing. It will be held there until there’s a trial and then be destroyed, Ralston said.