Rhode Island State Police

05/25/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/25/2019 17:26

RI State Police Arrest Two NY Residents, Seize 94 Pounds of Marijuana During Traffic Stop on I-95

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that two New York men were arrested after troopers seized 94 pounds of a substance believed to be marijuana from their car during a traffic stop.

The two men were arrested at approximately 11:15 a.m. today after troopers stopped their car on Interstate 95 North near Weaver Hill Road in Exeter for an alleged seatbelt violation. As a result of their investigation, they discovered 94 pounds of marijuana in one-pound vacuum-sealed bags in the trunk of the vehicle. They also seized $6,165 in cash and a set of nunchucks.

The operator of the vehicle, identified as Junjie Li, age 28, of Brooklyn, NY, and a passenger, Zhong Ming Kuang, age 49, of Staten Island, NY, were each charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of more than five kilograms of marijuana.

Mr. Li also was charged with possession of a weapon other than firearm prohibited (nunchucks) and he was issued a citation for no seat belt use by the front-seat passenger.

Both men were processed at the Hope Valley Barracks and ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions pending formal arraignment in Third Division District Court on Tuesday.