New York man facing drug charges after 69 lbs. of marijuana seized in Rhode Island

New York man facing drug charges after 69 lbs. of marijuana seized in Rhode Island



WEST GREENWICH — A New York City man is facing drug and motor vehicle charges after Rhode Island State Police discovered and seized 69 pounds of marijuana from his car during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 Tuesday.

State police charged Liyin Zhou, 36, of Flushing, Queens, with possession or delivery of more than 5 kilograms of marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to sell. He was also cited for speeding. 

Police said in Zhou was driving at 77 mph in a 65 mph zone in the northbound lanes of the highway in West Greenwich at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was stopped by a state trooper.

During the investigation, troopers seized four large garbage bags containing 69 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, each weighing about a pound. The police confiscated the marijuana and $1,222 in cash.

Police said marijuana had an estimated street value of $140,000.

Zhou was held overnight, police said, and was scheduled to be arraigned in Third Division District Court on Wednesday.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. 

Jason Vallee


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