A trucker from California is in jail after New Jersey State Troopers discovered 121 pounds of marijuana and other THC products during a routine truck inspection.
According to a press release, Troopers assigned with the Mobile Safe Freight Training Unit selected a truck for a safety inspection at the Interstate 78 weight station in Greenwich Township. During the investigation, Trooper Joseph Seidler detected evidence of criminal activity and located several boxes spread throughout the load that was not consistent with the legitimate cargo in the trailer. When Trooper Seidler searched the boxes, he discovered 121 pounds of marijuana and other THC products.
“This seizure was a result of the diligent work of the New Jersey State Police Mobile Safe Freight Training Unit, which is comprised of highly-trained troopers who are not just committed to commercial vehicle safety inspections; they are conducting interdiction operations to identify traffickers using commercial vehicles to transport illegal goods,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “These inspections are not only important in ensuring the safety of the commercial vehicles on our roadways, but they also serve to preserve the integrity of businesses operating legitimately to transport goods across our state.”
The driver, Storm Zhu, 37, was booked into the Warren Country Correctional Center charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute.
“I want to commend and thank Trp. Seidler for his excellent police work leading to this arrest. Warren County is unique as it is crossed bisected by two major Interstate highways Rt. 78 and Rt. 80 which provide direct access to New York City and the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area,” said Warren County Prosecutor Jim Pfeiffer. “These Interstate highways provide a direct distribution route for legitimate goods as well as for illegal drugs and other criminal activity. Clearly criminal distribution activities are taking place on these highways and the Warren County Prosecutor’s office looks forward to partnering with the New Jersey State Police to strengthen enforcement and in developing new strategies and programs to secure our Interstate highways to eradicate criminal distribution activity.”