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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Texas Man Charged with Transporting 300 Pounds of Pot on I-80 

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Just one state from his apparent goal, a Texas man was charged with transporting more than 300 pounds of marijuana allegedly bound for the Bronx on Interstate 80 in Knowlton on January 23. 

After a commercial vehicle inspection conducted by New Jersey State Police at the Knowlton weigh station, officers obtained consent from the driver to search the box truck he was operating, said the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. 

The search revealed approximately 301 pounds of marijuana, the prosecutor’s office said. The driver, Ian Munringayi, 42, of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested as a result of the find. 

Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer said the documentation in the truck indicated the truck was on its way to the Bronx, New York, from Chicago, Illinois. 

Pfeiffer said Munringayi, during the inspection, also provided police with a fraudulent international driver’s license. 

Munringayi was charged with first-degree possession with intent to distribute marijuana, third-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension and fourth degree possession of marijuana, the prosecutor’s office said. 

After he was charged, he was released from the Warren County Correctional Center pending further proceedings. 

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.