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A 30-year-old Bismarck man was arrested Thursday after a search of his home and vehicle turned up tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs hidden inside a cracker box and a child's backpack.

Deandre Deamon Jones has been charged with multiple felony counts of drug possession, as well as possession of a stolen firearm.

On Thursday, a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on a car on Interstate 94 in Bismarck, according to an affidavit filed in the case. A 25-year-old woman was driving the car, and Jones and a 2-year-old were passengers.

The affidavit says a trooper smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and conducted a search. In the trunk, inside a Goldfish cracker box, hidden among the crackers, were five "large clear plastic baggies" containing what later tested positive as cocaine.

There was a total of 276 grams of cocaine in the baggies, which has about a $27,000 to $57,000 street value in the Bismarck area, according to the affidavit.

An officer with the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force then obtained a search warrant for Jones' mobile home on South 12th Street in Bismarck. Inside the home, there was a child's backpack that contained bags of methamphetamine, cocaine, tar heroin, Xanax pills, MDMA and a loaded 9mm handgun, the affidavit says. The street value of the meth and heroin totaled $18,800.

The serial number of the handgun was run through a national database and found to have been reported stolen out of Georgia, according to the affidavit.

Jones was arrested in Bismarck on Jan. 24 and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and was out on bond, the affidavit says.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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