NWGA Scanner | June 23rd, 2022

Michigan man arrested after traffic stop on I-75 for tag violation leads to over 150 pounds of marijuana

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On May 29th, 2022, at 7:32 AM, Trooper D. Story, who just graduated the recent 111th GSP Trooper School, was patrolling on I-75 SB near mile maker 341 when she saw a black Toyota Sienna with tag DKT7332 out of Michigan that had an improper tag display. Trooper Story reported, “[I] initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. [I] approached the driver from the passenger side and asked for his driver’s license. [I] identified the driver as Mr. Wensheng Zhou, 46, of Troy, Michigan. [I] asked Mr. Zhou where he was headed to, and he stated Miami for a wedding party. Upon speaking to Mr. Zhou, [I] noticed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. [I] asked Mr. Zhou when the last time he smoked marijuana was, and he stated earlier that morning. I asked Mr. Zhou if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, and he stated no.” During the traffic stop, the trooper reported that Zhou’s story on where he was heading changed several times and that he seemed very nervous, considering the traffic stop was just for a simple tag violation. Corporal Boyd then arrived on the scene to assist with the traffic stop. Trooper Story reported, “[I] asked Mr. Zhou where the wedding party was at in Miami, and he stated he did not know. [I] also asked Mr. Zhou how long he was planning to stay there, and he stated that he was just going down to eat real quick and then drive back to Michigan right after. [I] told Mr. Zhou I thought it was odd that he would drive all the way from Michigan to Miami just to eat and then go back to Michigan. He then said no, I’m going back tomorrow.” GPS system on his phone actually showed that he was heading to an address in Atlanta. Zhou stated that he was going to a hotel to eat and take a quick nap. The trooper also found it odd that he had no wedding clothes. In the back seat, troopers located six large Home Depot boxes. Inside they found they were full of vacuum-sealed marijuana. According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, A Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrived on the scene and took over the investigation. The marijuana weighed over 150 pounds, and $20000 in cash was found. Zhou was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with possession of marijuana, possession/trafficking in marijuana, and tinted or tinted or obscuring tags.