85 pounds of marijuana found on Interstate 85 in Mecklenburg

On April 13 a Rhode Island man was arrested after Virginia State Police alledgely found 85 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle along Interstate 85 in Mecklenburg County.

According to the Virginia State Police (VSP), a state trooper was on a routine patrol when he saw a Chevrolet Silverado driving recklessly in the southbound lanes of the interstate. 

After the trooper turned on his vehicle's emergency lights and siren, the driver of the pickup truck pulled onto the shoulder near mile marker six of the interstate.

During the traffic stop, the trooper allegedly recovered packaged marijuana concealed inside the vehicle, which measured out to 85 pounds (or around 35,590 grams).

The driver was identified as 40-year-old Joseph Cruz from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was charged with one felony count of transporting five or more pounds of marijuana. 

Cruz is being held on bond at the Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta, Virginia. The VSP said investigators are still looking into the incident.