Stop yields nearly 1,000 pounds of pot in Elk­ton

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

ELK­TON

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MSP

Mary­land State Po­lice re­cov­ered 938 pounds of mar­i­juana af­ter stop­ping a U-Haul on In­ter­state 95 out­side Elk­ton.

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