Traffic stop leads to discovery of $1.75M worth of pot

Minnesota drug bust

What started as a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in west-central Minnesota last week resulted in the arrest of three St. Paul men for having nearly 600 pounds of high-grade marijuana in a truck.  According to a criminal complaint filed in Otter Tail County District Court, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper was watching eastbound traffic on I-94 in Fergus Falls on March 1 when he noticed a Ford truck with obstructed license plates.  The trooper pulled the truck over near mile marker 56 and asked two of the three men to wait outside while he spoke to the driver.  The driver said he and the two men, who were his brothers, had flown to California to pick up the truck from his in-laws and were driving back to Minnesota.  However, the driver’s timeline and explanation was contradictory and when the trooper spoke to the other two men, their stories did not match the driver’s timeline of the previous few days, the complaint said.  The truck was eventually towed and searched.  In the truck bed, investigators allegedly found about 18 large duffel bags, each holding about 25 shrink-wrapped packages of high-grade hydroponically grown marijuana.  Investigators estimated the 570 pounds of marijuana has a street value of about $1.75 million.