State troopers seize more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana in 2017

- The Minnesota State Patrol has seized significantly more drugs last year compared to 2016, according to numbers the Department of Public Safety released Tuesday.

On Friday, a trooper stopped a car in Otter Tail county for an obstructed license plate. In plain sight, the trooper saw bags on the center console and "a woman sitting on packaged bags of marijuana." In the end, officers seized 300 pounds of marijuana.

On Jan. 26, a trooper stopped someone on I-94 in Otter Tail County. The trooper "recognized the signs of possible criminal activity" and deployed a K-9 officer who discovered about 200 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $600,000. 

2017 State Patrol Drug Seizure Statistics 
Marijuana — 2,642.2 pounds (2016 – 389.5 pounds)
Methamphetamine — 160.2 pounds (2016 – 65.7 pounds)
Cocaine — 17.7 pounds (2016 – 35.6 pounds) 
Heroin — 14.1 pounds (2016 – .49 pounds) 
Hashish – 9.9 pounds  (2016 – 2 pounds) 
 

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