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Trooper finds 900 pounds of pot in camper near Alexandria

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Two Montana men are accused of driving through Douglas County in central Minnesota on Interstate 94 with 900 pounds of marijuana in their camper.

Alexander Clifford Gordon, 24, of Helena, and Jared Michael Desroches, 30, of Missoula, were charged Tuesday, March 5, in Douglas County District Court with two counts of controlled substance crimes in the first degree for possession of more than 50 kilos of marijuana.

The men were stopped nine miles west of Alexandria on I-94 on Saturday, March 2, at about 2 p.m., by a Minnesota State Patrol trooper for an equipment violation.

A narcotics-detecting dog alerted the trooper to the presence of drugs inside a camper attached to their vehicle, according to a news release from the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.

A search of the camper resulted in the discovery of 900 pounds of packaged marijuana and THC concentrate, a highly potent form of marijuana.

The State Patrol estimated the street value of the drugs at $4.25 million.

Bail for both men was set at $150,000 for unconditional release.

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