A 23-year-old man caught with 30 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in Bismarck has been sentenced to about four months in jail.

Ulises Rodriguez, of Homestead, Fla., pleaded guilty last month to felony possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture or distribute, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of hashish and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol stopped a pickup traveling east on I-94 near Bismarck on Nov. 15 for speeding and illegally tinted windows.

The trooper reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, and a search turned up 30 pounds of pot, a small amount of hashish and $1,100.

Rodriguez, the driver, and a passenger, Deandre Nixon, of Federal Way, Wash., were arrested and charged.

The case against Nixon was later dropped due to Rodriquez taking responsibility for the drugs and paraphernalia found inside the vehicle.

South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland ordered 120 days in jail, three years of supervised probation and $775 in court fees for Rodriguez.

Feland also imposed a deferred imposition, meaning if Rodriguez completes his probation without incident and pays his fees, the conviction will be taken off his record.

Highway Patrol photo

The North Dakota Highway Patrol seized 30 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Nov. 14, 2018, in Bismarck.

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