Traffic stop leads to 36-pound pot bust

Traffic stop leads to 36-pound pot bust


A Saturday traffic stop on Interstate 94 led to a bust involving more than 36 pounds of marijuana after a Burleigh County sheriff’s deputy became suspicious of the driver’s mannerisms and called in a Highway Patrol K-9 for a sniff search.

The deputy initiated the stop about 10:30 p.m. near mile marker 170 when he saw a car too closely following a semitrailer. The deputy said he noticed that the driver, Mario Juarez, of Burnsville, Minn., was sweating, shaking and breathing fast. The deputy requested a K-9, and the dog’s indication gave the officers probable cause to search the vehicle. They found 30 bags, each weighing a little more than a pound, of high-grade marijuana worth about $105,000, the affidavit says.

Juarez made his initial court appearance Monday. South Central District Judge James Hill set his bail at $75,000 cash. He is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center. No attorney is listed for him in court documents.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or


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