After stopping a van for speeding on southbound Interstate 95 in Jessup yesterday, state troopers searched the vehicle and reported finding several pounds of suspected semisolid marijuana and hashish oil worth several thousand dollars.
Three Florida men were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, police said. Tfc. Clifford Hughes of the Waterloo barracks, who was driving an unmarked patrol vehicle, said he paced the 1986 Chevrolet van with Florida tags at 77 mph in a 65-mph zone and stopped it about 8: 30 a.m.
He said he became suspicious when he noticed that there was no luggage in the van and when the men gave conflicting information about their trip to New York.
After getting the driver's permission to search the vehicle, Hughes opened an anti-freeze container and discovered the compressed oil, police said.
He also found a hydraulic pressing device that contained suspected marijuana and hashish residue, police said, and seized $2,715 in cash, a cellular phone and a pager when he searched the men.
Javier Zimmerman, 28; Sylvester Flanders, 46; and an unidentified man, all from Miami, were also charged with simple possession of a controlled substance. They were being held overnight in lieu of unspecified bail at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup, Hughes said.
Pub Date: 10/04/99