36-pound pot case set for trial

36-pound pot case set for trial

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A Minnesota man who Burleigh County authorities say had 36 pounds of high-grade marijuana in his vehicle pleaded not guilty Monday.

Mario Juarez, 48, of Burnsville, Minn., was arrested in October after sheriff’s deputies stopped him for a traffic violation. A search of his vehicle turned up 30 bags of marijuana worth more than $100,000, according to a police affidavit.

Defense attorney Patrick Brooke requested a reduction of Juarez’ bail or a modification from its cash-only status to that of a surety bond. Assistant State’s Attorney Dennis Ingold argued against the change, saying the charge against Juarez was a Class A felony and Juarez would be a flight risk.

South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland let stand the $75,000 bail set earlier and scheduled trial for March 18, 2020.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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