A Meriden man has been charged after state police said they found more than 11 pounds of marijuana and almost $7,000 cash during a traffic stop Wednesday night on Interstate 91.
Joel Cruz, 34, of Meriden, was charged with possession with intent to sell one kilogram or more of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance and failure to maintain proper lane. He was released on $50,000 bond is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Dec. 26.
On Wednesday about 9 p.m., a state police trooper observed a Jeep Grand Cherokee failing to stay in a lane on I-91 north in the area of exit 10 in Hamden, state police spokeswoman Kelly Grant said in a statement.
The trooper conducted a traffic stop and detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, Grant said. State police searched the vehicle, driven by Cruz, and found about 11.5 pounds of marijuana, $6,831 in cash and five cell phones.