St. Paul man accused of carrying 56 pounds of marijuana charged with felonies

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A St. Paul man accused of possessing at least 56 pounds marijuana after being arrested in a drug bust last month appeared in Dakota County Court Friday, WCCO-TV reports.

Cher Yang, 38, has been charged with felony counts of third-degree controlled substance, sale and possession of marijuana in connection with the case. He is currently being held on $75,000 bond.

According to WCCO, Drug Enforcement Administration officers out of Chicago were called into an Eagan shipping facility on April 10 after a box allegedly containing marijuana had been discovered among 25 boxes -- and the officers in turn conducted a search of every box and discovered that at least four others contained the illegal substance.

On April 15, the complaint says, Yang signed for the boxes, and Yang and two others loaded the boxes in two vehicles -- with the five boxes containing the marijuana being placed in Yang's truck.

Minnesota State Patrols officials proceeded to stop the vehicles on Interstate 494, acting on information that Yang was allegedly picking up the marijuana.

The Pioneer Press initially reported that Yang was accused of having more than 100 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

According to WCCO, however, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says tests confirmed that the boxes contained 56 pounds of marijuana.

Backstrom says the marijuana has a street value between $171,000 and $342,000.

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