N.J. man pulled over in Missouri had 90 pounds of pot in car, cops say

A 34-year-old New Jersey man was found with 90 pounds of marijuana in his car after being pulled over in Missouri last week, authorities said.

David Cheng was driving 15 miles below the posted speed limit and crossing over the fog line on eastbound Interstate 70 in Cooper County around 11 p.m. on Aug. 12 when a trooper stopped his vehicle, a spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Wednesday,.

The trooper saw “indicators of possible criminal activity” and several trash bags covered by blankets before getting permission from Cheng to search the vehicle. The search turned up 90, one-pound vacuum sealed packages containing marijuana in the garbage bags and in suitcases, Sgt. Scott White said.

Cheng, of the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany, was charged with trafficking drugs and a motor vehicle violation and sent to the Cooper County jail on $50,000 bond. He remains held as of Wednesday morning, according to jail records.

Cooper County is about 100 miles east of Kansas City.

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