BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — A car stopped for speeding led to the arrests of two Billings men who now face felony drug counts after law enforcement officers said they seized nearly 7 pounds of marijuana, 4.5 ounces of heroin and about 1 ounce of hashish.
The drugs had an estimated street value of $90,000, according to police.
Belle Fourche, South Dakota police officer Nick Anliker stopped a car that was traveling 55 mph in a posted 45 mph zone on the south side of town at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Sgt. Shannon Butler arrived to assist on the stop and the officers received conflicting stories from the men, who were later identified as Benjamin Roemer, 26, and Joshua Swigut, 24, both of Billings.
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Butler said Swigut told officers that Roemer may have had some medical marijuana in the car and agreed to a search by the officers.
Butler said they found the drugs in backpacks in the trunk of the car.
Roemer and Swigut initially were each charged with six felonies and two misdemeanors in connection with possession of drugs and intent to distribute.. They were taken Wednesday to the Meade County Jail.