Police: Man Had 85 Pounds of Marijuana in a Taxi

RISP 85 Pounds Marijuana
Rhode Island State Police

About 85 pounds of marijuana was seized by Rhode Island authorities on Thursday after a man allegedly hired a taxi cab to drive him from New York to Massachusetts.

Twenty-one-year-old Bing Zhou Liu was arraigned on several drug trafficking charges, including possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Authorities say they pulled over a New York taxi for speeding on I-95 N in Richmond. During that time, the taxi driver reportedly told troopers he was paid $400 to drive Liu from New York to Massachusetts. Police say with a probable cause search, they found five FedEx boxes that had 85 individually wrapped, vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, weighing about 85 pounds.

Police say their investigation led to Liu as the owner of the marijuana, which is estimated to be worth about $300,000.

Liu is being held at the Adult Correctional Institute pending a bail hearing on April 8. 

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