Police: More than 130 pounds of pot seized

More than 130 pounds of marijuana were found following the location of a stolen vehicle in Dover early Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. (Submitted photo/Dover Police)

DOVER – Roughly $230,000 worth of marijuana plants were found in a stolen van early Tuesday afternoon, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

The value was just an estimate, authorities said, due to the non-usable branches and roots involved in the 131.4-pound discovery.

Police did not have information on where the sizable haul ranked among past seizures. Nonetheless, the enormity of the evidence was rare.

“It is uncommon to find this amount, especially in the form in which it was found,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Officers were first dispatched to the 400 block of Haslet Street at 12:52 p.m. for a suspicious vehicle, which was reportedly stolen in Delaware State Police jurisdiction, authorities said.

Driver Jaquell McDonald, 24, of Dover, was allegedly found in possession of 72.9 grams of marijuana and police said the plants were in plain view throughout the vehicle.

Police did not disclose whether he was alone at the time. The vehicle and marijuana were seized.

The vehicle was reported as stolen from a Steele Road location on Sept. 29, DSP said. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have yet been filed.

Charges included possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence. Mr. McDonald was released on $65,000 unsecured bond.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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