Eighty-Five Pounds of Marijuana Hauled in During Mecklenburg Traffic Stop

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MECKLENBURG COUNTY, VA – The Virginia State Police made a large drug bust after pulling over a Rhode Island man passing through the state on I-85 with 85 pounds of weed in his car.

Police today said Joseph F. Cruz, 40, of Pawtucket, has been charged following a traffic stop in Mecklenburg County.

“On April 13, 2022, a Virginia State Police trooper was on routine patrol on I-85 when he observed a Chevrolet Silverado driving in a reckless manner in the southbound lanes. The trooper activated his vehicle’s emergency lights and siren and initiated a traffic stop and pickup pulled over onto the shoulder near the 6 mile marker,” police said. “During the course of the traffic stop, the trooper recovered approximately 85 lbs. (or approximately 35,590 grams) of packaged marijuana concealed inside the pickup.”

Cruz was charged with one felony count of transporting 5 or more pounds of marijuana. He is being held on bond at the Meherrin River Regional Jail. The investigation remains ongoing.