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Bound for Minnesota again, another huge drug haul in North Dakota

It's the latest in a string of high-value drug busts on North Dakota roads.
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Deputies in Morton County, North Dakota pulled over a father and son on their way to Minnesota on Sunday, finding drugs with a street value of $1.1 million in their truck.

The routine traffic stop yielded a haul of over 200 pounds of marijuana, THC wax and meth.

When initially pulled over, the pair told police they were bringing fan gear to the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl, before a K9 sniffer dog smelled the drugs.

A further search of the vehicle also turned up a banker's bag containing $2,400 in cash and large boxes containing multiple heat-sealed bags.

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– Here's what $1.3 million worth of pot looks like – and the dog who found it.

The latest big drugs haul in North Dakota

There have been a series of drugs hauls on North Dakota roads involving vehicles bound for Minnesota or driven by Minnesotans.

In November, West Fargo police pulled over a woman from Askov, Minnesota who was en route to the Minnesota border.

In her vehicle, they found marijuana worth $1.37 million.

And just two weeks ago, 476 pounds of marijuana was seized by police who stopped a car containing two Minnesotans on I-94, as KYTR reports.

I-94 is becoming a drugs superhighway

North Dakota is increasingly becoming a through-route for drug runners bringing marijuana from Pacific Coast states like Oregon, Washington and California (where it's been decriminalized), as well as other illegal drugs to the Midwest.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol told Valley News Live that drug traffic is becoming more regular along I-94, which connects the Midwest to the Pacific Coast.

Crackdowns on drug trafficking in states further south is pushing smugglers to try their luck in the north as they try to get to the Twin Cities and Chicago, even though it's a longer journey if you're coming from California, for example.

But it won't last if busts of this size keep happening, with Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind telling Valley News Live officers are now much better trained at detecting drug traffickers.

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