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UPDATE: At Traffic Stop, MSP Find 350 Pounds Of Marijuana

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BERLIN, Md. - A routine traffic stop in Berlin leads to a huge drug bust, one of the biggest officials have seen in these parts.

Police say they found 350-pounds of marijuana in Donald Gayle's car. The New Jersey man is being held on $650,000 bond and faces charges including importation of a controlled dangerous substance, after officials say they recovered five large duffel bags filled with the drugs.    

It started on Route 113 heading southbound near Germantown Rd. as a routine traffic stop where police reportedly pulled over Gayle, 54, for not abiding by the Maryland Move Over Law. Now, he sits behind bars for one of the largest drug seizures on the Eastern Shore.

"Bad guys drive cars and this is how we take a lot of bad guys out of our community," said Lt. E.W. Starner.

Though officials aren't releasing many details at this time, they agree a case like this is rare.   

"I personally have not spoken with anyone that's aware of one that's larger than this," said Starner.

"Personally, I have not prosecuted this much marijuana, something similar but not as much," said Beau Oglesby, state's attorney for Worcester County.

If convicted, Gayle could face up to 25 years behind bars and/or a $100,000 fine. With prior criminal history, officials say that could double.

Officials say the street value is estimated at $400,000. We're told a trial should take place in the spring. Police say they will hold onto the evidence until the trial is over and then send it to an industrial incinerator.

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