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Spotsylvania Sheriff's deputies seized 36 pounds of marijuana after a routine traffic stop on I-95 Thursday.

Spotsylvania Sheriff’s deputies seized 36 pounds of marijuana after a routine traffic stop on I-95 Wednesday.

BY PORTSIA SMITH

THE FREE LANCE–STAR

A routine traffic stop in Spotsylvania County on Wednesday led to the arrest of an Ohio man and the seizure of an estimated $174,000 worth of marijuana.

According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, deputies conducted a traffic stop on the northbound side of Interstate 95 near mile marker 117, just south of the Thornburg exit.

During the traffic stop, deputies became suspicious of the driver of a black Honda Accord because of his behavior, Pearce said.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered 36 pounds of marijuana hidden in the trunk of the vehicle, he said.

Anthony Miller, 27, of Cleveland Heights, is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

Sheriff Roger Harris noted that since Jan. 1, the county’s special investigations unit has seized approximately $75,000 in cash from various narcotics investigations, along with numerous vehicles and firearms.

The unit, a division of the criminal investigations division, targets high-crime areas and focuses on groups committing crimes in Spotsylvania, he said.

Portsia Smith:  540/374-5419

psmith@fredericksburg.com

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