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.