60 lbs of pot, AR15 found by police at UND

Two college students are behind bars after being accused of bringing 336 thousand dollars of drugs to the region to sell.

On Monday, two college students were not in class—but behind bars.

The students were accused of brining hundreds of thousands of dollars of drugs to the region to sell.

Packaged and ready for sale on the streets of the Upper Red River Valley, the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force says the students appeared to be in possession of 336 thousand dollars of weed.

“This is definitely intent to distribute. This is far beyond recreation amounts,” said Lt. Brett Johnson, with the Grand Forks Police Department.

The drugs were seized during a raid at a home near the University of North Dakota.

Agents also recovered 70 thousand dollars in cash, and an AR15 rifle.

“Anytime we seize a weapon like that as a part of a drug case is concerning. Fortunately, we got this rifle off the street. Don’t know if it was used as a part of their dealings, but none the less, good to get weapons like that off the street,” said Lt. Johnson.

Along with the drugs, the task force took two UND students into custody—21-year-old Cade Hoben, and 20-year-old Mark Hildahl—they are from the Minneapolis area.

“I don’t know if they had a real narrow focus who they were selling to—I’m guessing if they had 60 pounds, they were probably casting to a very large net who they were selling to,” said Lt. Johnson.

With two alleged dealers off the streets, and hundreds of thousands of dollars of marijuana unclogged from the drug pipeline, agents now hope to get a clearer picture of where the drugs were coming from, and who was involved in the growing process.

“How far they can take this one is too early to tell,” said Johnson.

The two men also had some pills.

We reached out to UND, and they said it’s up to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities to decide how they will be punished by the school.


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