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The North Dakota Highway Patrol seized 30 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Wednesday near Bismarck.

Highway Patrol said in a news release it stopped a pickup traveling east on Interstate 94 near mile marker 159 for speeding and illegally tinted windows. A state trooper reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The trooper then searched the vehicle and found 30 pounds of packaged  marijuana, a small amount of hashish and $1,100 in cash. 

Highway Patrol said the two occupants in the vehicle, Ulises Rodriguez and Deandre Nixon, were driving from Portland, Ore., to Pittsburgh, Penn.

Rodriquez was charged Thursday with felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and possession of hashish and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Nixon was charged with a felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

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