Man Arrested For Possession Of 11 Pounds Of Marijuana

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Winnie Wright
March 12, 2014

Lowndes County, GA - "We are extremely happy that our patrol officers were able to make this stop and get this dope off the streets."

Lieutenant Stryde Jones says The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office confiscated about $33,000 worth of marijuana during a routine traffic stop on Tuesday night.

They say a deputy noticed a dark window tint on an S.U.V traveling southbound on I-75. A deputy, apparently pulled a man over and he started acting really nervous. That's when they called in the K-9 unit.

After the dog sniffed the vehicle, deputies searched inside the Lexus and found nearly 11 pounds of pot. The car's driver, Vu Cao, is currently in the Lowndes County Jail. Lt. Jones says they believe Cao was driving the drugs from Atlanta to Jacksonville.

"Well this is a fantastic job for any deputy to take a traffic stop that started out with something as simple as window tints and to look beyond that traffic ticket to find the true crime that's underlying there and being committed; fantastic job."

Cao is charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana and is currently being considered for bond. In the meantime, the pot will be stored as evidence pending a court date.

Press Release: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office
March 12, 2014

On Tuesday evening around 8:40 a deputy assigned to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Interstate Criminal Enforcement unit stopped a Lexus S.U.V. that was driving south on I-75 near mile marker 12, after noticing the vehicles extremely dark window tint. Once the vehicle stopped, the deputy made contact with the driver, Vu Cao and explained the purpose in the traffic stop. While speaking with Cao, the deputy noticed that he was visibly nervous and this seemed to worsen as the conversation continued. A Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit performed a sniff of the vehicle and received an alert. A search revealed approximately eleven {11} pounds of marijuana hidden in a duffel bag in the vehicle. This marijuana has an estimated street value of $33,000.

Vu Cao was arrested and transported to the Lowndes County Jail where he remains. He will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court this afternoon for an arraignment hearing where a bond will be considered.

39-year-old Cao is from Rex, Georgia. He is charged with trafficking marijuana.

Sheriff Prine is asking that anyone with information on this case, or any other case to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at {229} 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at {229} 671-2985 or on line at

11 lbs. of marijuana seized

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