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Burleigh County bust nets 30 pounds of pot

Burleigh County bust nets 30 pounds of pot


An Illinois man who Burleigh County authorities say had 30 pounds of marijuana in his car faces a felony charge that could send him to prison for 20 years if convicted.

Varun Mahajan, 41, of Glendale Heights, Ill., was stopped by a sheriff's deputy Sunday on Interstate 94 for traffic violations. The deputy noted several telltale signs of drug trafficking and requested a K-9 to sniff the vehicle, according to a police affidavit.

The dog’s indication led to a search of the vehicle, during which the deputy found 25 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, each weighing about 1.2 pounds, the affidavit said. The pot has a potential street value of $230,000, according to authorities.

Mahajan made his initial court appearance on Monday. He is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. No attorney is listed for him in court documents.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or


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