Clement Hunter, 30, was awaiting arraignment on Monday following his arrest on drug charges, authorities said.
Hunter ran a red traffic light in the city’s Queens borough early on Sunday morning and tried to evade police for several blocks, police said.
When he was pulled over, the 513 pounds of marijuana stuffed into large garbage bags was partly visible inside his minivan, police said.
He faces 50 counts of felony possession of marijuana as well as charges of reckless endangerment and fleeing officers.
The source of the marijuana and Hunter’s destination were still under investigation, police said.