An interstate truck driver who was moving 30,000 pounds of tomatoes from Arizona to New York City was arrested Saturday after Virginia State Police allegedly found eight pounds of cocaine in his tractor-trailer.
State troopers say they found approximately $100,000 worth of cocaine in the cab of a tractor-trailer after stopping George Lynch as he crossed into Prince William County around 8:45 p.m. Saturday on eastbound Interstate 66.
State police said that Lynch, 59, of Jersey City, N.J., had been driving almost 20 miles per hour over the speed limit through Fauquier County and that he was stopped in Prince William on suspicion of speeding.
State police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said Lynch presented a stolen driver's license to police.
State Trooper Rob Robinson called the owner of the license, who told police that it had been stolen three months ago and that he had noticed several moving violations posted to the license since then.
"According to the man who had the license stolen, we were the first agency to notice it," Caldwell said.
"He was aware of several tickets that had been issued up and down the East Coast."
Robinson then summoned a state police drug dog, and troopers subsequently did a manual search and found cocaine hidden in the rig's cab.
Lynch was arrested at the scene and has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and five other charges.
Lynch remains at the Prince William County jail in lieu of $126,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court April 26.