Date/Time of Offense: Thursday June 3, 2021.
Offense(s)/Charge(s): Multiple Felony Charges
Location of Incident: Interstate 77 Southbound.
Suspect(s): Fengming Li, 51 Years Old
111 Stone Manor Court
1333 66th Street
Brooklyn, New York
Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Thursday, June 3, 2021 deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team conducted two separate traffic stops on Interstate 77 Southbound, in northern Iredell County.
During the first traffic stop, deputies made spoke with the driver, and only occupant Xuequan LU who lives in Brooklyn, New York. The deputies deployed canine “Bosco” who gave a positive indication to the presence of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle was performed. 118 pounds of high grade Marijuana was located inside the trunk. After taking Xuequan LU into custody, and as this traffic stop was being concluded, the second vehicle drove by the deputies and failed to move over as required by law for flashing blue lights. Based on this unsafe action, the suspect vehicle was stopped.
During this stop, the deputies contacted the driver and only occupant of the second vehicle, Xengming LI, who lives in Woodstock, Georgia. Suspecting that the two vehicles could be traveling together canine “Abby” was utilized at this traffic stop. Abby gave a positive indication to the presence of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.
A search was conducted, and the deputies located 138 pounds of high grade Marijuana inside the trunk. Xengming LI was also taken into custody and both he and Xuequan LU were transported to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division for additional investigation.
During the investigation it was determined both subjects were in-fact traveling together with a third car which was not located.
Both LU and LI were charged with: Felony Trafficking by Possession of Marijuana, Felony Trafficking by Transportation of Marijuana, Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute Marijuana, and Felony Conspiracy to Traffic Marijuana. Both LU and LI were transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where they appeared before Magistrate D. Chambers who issued each suspect a 400,000.00 dollar secured bond.
The estimated street value of the 256 pounds of seized Marijuana was 2,331,440.00 based off an estimated price of 20.00 dollars per gram.
Sheriff Campbell added, “By removing this much illegal marijuana from the streets, it makes an immediate impact on the drug dealers who profit from this, today we made a dent in their pocket and sent a message about hauling drugs through Iredell County”.