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ND drug bust among state’s largest, chief says

A search warrant conducted on a vehicle led the discovery of drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia Wednesday, Jan. 4. Berthold Police Department photo1 / 4
David Salazar2 / 4
Gregorio Capetillo3 / 4
Louis Parra Magana4 / 4

BERTHOLD, N.D. -- Authorities seized 11½ pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and are calling it one of the largest drug busts in North Dakota.

Authorities arrested three Washington men, David Salazar, 47, Gregorio Capetillo, 24, and Louis Parra Magana, 19, for misdemeanor drug possession.

A search warrant was conducted on the vehicle, which led to the discovery of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash and several firearms, police Chief Al Schmidt said in a news release.

The case has been forwarded to the Ward County State’s Attorney.

In 2014, Schmidt was involved in a seizure of 11 pounds of meth in Berthold, which was believed to be the state’s biggest bust at the time, the chief said.

Berthold is about 25 miles west of Minot. 

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