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Jared Michael Desroches, 30, of Missoula, left, and Alexander Clifford Gordon, 24, of Helena,

Jared Michael Desroches, 30, of Missoula, left, and Alexander Clifford Gordon, 24, of Helena, right, were charged Tuesday, March 5, in Douglas County District Court with two counts of controlled substance crimes in the first degree for possession of more than 50 kilos of marijuana.

Two Montana men are accused of driving through Douglas County, Minnesota, on Interstate 94 with 900 pounds of marijuana in their camper.

Alexander Clifford Gordon, 24, of Helena and Jared Michael Desroches, 30, of Missoula were charged March 5 in Douglas County District Court with two counts of controlled substance crimes in the first degree for possession of more than 50 kilos of marijuana.

The men were stopped at about 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 9 miles west of Alexandria on I-94 by a Minnesota State Patrol trooper for an equipment violation.

A narcotics-detecting dog alerted the trooper to the presence of drugs inside a camper attached to their vehicle, according to a news release issued by Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson.

A search of the camper resulted in the discovery of 900 pounds of packaged marijuana and THC concentrate, a highly potent form of marijuana.

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The state patrol estimated the street value of the drugs at $4.25 million.

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Bail for both men was set at $150,000 for unconditional release.

Larson said that due to the pendency of the case, he was unable to offer further details.

This story is used with the permission of the Echo Press. 

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