Bismarck, ND (KEYZ) Not the average Wednesday for one trooper with the North Dakota Highway Patrol as a routine speeding violation turns into confiscation of a sizeable cache of marijuana. Officials with the North Dakota Highway Patrol say the trooper stopped a pickup traveling east on I‐94 near mile marker 159 on Wednesday for exceeding the speed limit and illegally tinted windows.
During the stop, the trooper smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 30 pounds of packaged marijuana, a small amount of hashish, and $1,100 in cash. The two suspects, Ulises Rodriguez and Deandre Nixon, were traveling from Portland, Oregon to Pittsburgh, PA via Minneapolis. Both individuals were charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of hashish, and possession of drug paraphernalia.