After a Minnesota state trooper noticed a sizable Ford truck with a hard to read license place on March 1, a subsequent traffic stop seemed to be nothing more than a formality.
However, after questioning all three men in the vehicle and deciphering that their respective stories didn’t quite add up, the officer was forced to tow the truck to a law enforcement facility for inspection.
Following the seizure of the truck, investigators came upon 570 pounds of marijuana carefully packed away in 18 duffel bags. Inside each duffel bag was approximately 25 plastic baggies, totaling a sum of an estimated $1.75 million of potential drug value.
Michael Dunnorm and Dante Vontrail, 22, and Anthony Williams, 21, were arrested and charged with first-degree felony drug possession with bail ranging from a conditional $50,000 to $200,000.
The three men were stopped in the Fergus Falls area of Interstate-94, and upon being questioned, the driver of the vehicle explained to the trooper that the two passengers in the car were his brothers.
The driver went on to say that the truck was owned by his wife’s parents, and his brothers had flown to California to accompany him as the three men drove the truck back to Minnesota.
However, when the trooper eventually questioned the two other men, he noticed that each one’s account of the prior few days, and the timeline of events, were never quite in sync.
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