TOBYHANNA TWP. — A Wilkes-Barre man is in jail after police found 11 pounds of pot in his trunk during a traffic stop.
State police at Fern Ridge said they stopped a vehicle being operated by Maurice Steele at about 5:43 p.m. Saturday on state Route 115 near Maple Road for multiple traffic violations.
Police said they observed “several indicators of criminal activity” throughout the course of the stop and asked for consent to search the vehicle.
After consent was granted, police said they found 11 pounds of marijuana and 22 packets of synthetic marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle.
Steele, 26, of Wilkes-Barre, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and multiple vehicle code violations.
Steele was arraigned before District Judge Richard Claypool in Pocono Pines and, unable to post $5,000 bail, was jailed at the Monroe County Correctional Facility. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 10 before Claypool.