Stop yields nearly 1,000 pounds of pot in Elkton
— Two Philadelphia men were arrested Monday night after state police found nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana in their U-Haul during a traffic stop on the Interstate 95 ramp, police reported.
State troopers stopped the U-Haul on the northbound exit ramp from I-95 to southbound Route 279 at about 8 p.m. Monday for an unspecified traffic violation. After observing several suspicious signs, the troopers brought out a drug-sniffing dog who alerted them to the presence of drugs, police said.
Troopers searched the ve-
hicle and recovered about 938 pounds of marijuana located in the cargo area of the van, police said.
The driver and passenger, Baojie Chen, 23, and Da Fen Xiong, 23, both of Philadelphia, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of more than 50 pounds of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and unlawfully bringing into the state at least 45 kilograms of marijuana, police reported.
The two were taken to the Maryland State Police JFK barrack for processing before being brought to Cecil County District Court, according to police.
Maryland State Police recovered 938 pounds of marijuana after stopping a U-Haul on Interstate 95 outside Elkton.