A drug-detecting dog led to the arrest of two Philadelphia men by Maryland troopers conducting a traffic stop. (Provided by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office)

That’s a lotta pot: Police say more than 900 pounds found in van

Drug detection dog alerts Maryland troopers after they pull over two Philadelphia men in a U-Haul vehicle for a traffic stop

ELKTON, Md. — Authorities in Maryland say two Philadelphia men are facing charges after troopers found more than 900 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop along Interstate 95.

Media outlets report that Maryland State Police troopers stopped a U-Haul van Monday night on an exit ramp from I-95 to Route 279 in Cecil County for a traffic violation.

Police say a drug detection dog alerted troopers to the presence of drugs and a search turned up 938 pounds of marijuana in the cargo hold.

Police say they’ve charged the driver and passenger, Baojie Chen and Da Fen Xiong, both 23-year-olds from Philadelphia, with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of more than 50 pounds of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.