Man Found With 11 Pounds of Marijuana in Jeep: Police

State police said they stopped a man on Interstate 91 in North Haven Wednesday and found more than 11 pounds of marijuana in his car. 

State troopers were on patrol on Interstate 91 North, just north of exit 10, and saw a white Jeep Grand Cherokee that failed to maintain its lane just after 9 p.m., police said. 

The trooper detected the smell of marijuana and found 11 and a half pounds of marijuana while searching the Jeep, according to state police. They also found five cell phones and $6,831. 

The driver, 34-year-old Joel Cruz, of Meriden, was charged with possession of more than 1 kilogram of cannabis with intent to sell, illegal possession of controlled substance and failure to maintain proper lane. 

Cruz was released after posting a $50,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Dec. 26.

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