ALBERT LEA, Minn. – An Oregon man who authorities say was caught with over 100 pounds of marijuana in Freeborn County is pleading not guilty.
56-year-old Chou Chang of Wolf Creek, OR is charged with 1st degree possession of marijuana. He was arrested after a traffic stop a little after 11 pm on November 23. A state trooper says he noticed Chang’s vehicle pulling in front of him on northbound I-35 near the Geneva exit. The trooper says Chang’s right headlight appeared to go out and when he pulled alongside, Chang veered over the white line on the side of the highway.
Pulling the vehicle over, the trooper says he noticed several air fresheners on the dash and center console, a tarp and blanket covering the rear seat area, and what the trooper called “excessive luggage” for one person. Chou reportedly said the vehicle belonged to his uncle and he was driving from Oregon.
The state trooper says he twice asked Chang for permission to search his vehicle, which Chang twice granted. Inside, the trooper says he found 115 plastic heat-sealed bags with around one pound of marijuana in each.
Chang entered a not guilty plea Thursday and is scheduled to stand trial on April 10.