Montgomery County Police Stop Van Carrying 250 Pounds of Marijuana on I-270

California man confesses to carrying the drugs from Pennsylvania, police say


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Police say they found 250 pounds of marijuana during a Dec. 5 traffic stop.

Courtesy of the Montgomery County Police Department

Montgomery County police have charged a California man with drug trafficking after reportedly pulling him over on Interstate 270 earlier this month while he was driving a van crammed with 250 pounds of marijuana.

The Chrysler Town and Country driven by Steven M. Tosi was stuffed almost to the roof with vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana, according to authorities.

An officer stopped Tosi at about 2:20 p.m. Dec. 5 because he was traveling 11 mph above the speed limit on southbound I-270, near the Clarksburg Road exit, police reported. During the traffic stop, the officer smelled marijuana in the rental van, and Tosi reportedly admitted he’d been smoking a joint as he drove.

In addition to the bags of marijuana in the back of the van, officers discovered a joint on the center armrest and a small amount of the substance inside a backpack, according to authorities.

Police said Tosi told the officer that he’d been driving the drug packages from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

He was charged with marijuana possession and trafficking and is being held without bond. He's scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday.

Steven M. Tosi, photo courtesy of the Montgomery County Police Department

Marijuana seized during a Dec. 5 traffic stop, photo courtesy of the Montgomery County Police Department

Marijuana discovered during a Dec. 5 traffic stop, photo courtesy of the Montgomery County Police Department

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