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Man arrested after I-94 traffic stop turns into big marijuana bust

The North Dakota Highway Patrol seized 100 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Wednesday, May 30, on Interstate 94 near West Fargo. Special to Forum News Service1 / 2
Steven Shipe2 / 2

WEST FARGO—A routine traffic stop on Interstate 94 turned into a sizable drug bust, with more than 100 pounds of marijuana found in a vehicle on Wednesday, May 30, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer.

Steven Shipe, 33, of Eureka, California, was driving a vehicle that was stopped near West Fargo for an equipment violation, Hischer said.

A West Fargo police dog was brought to the scene, and the dog signalled the presence of drugs in the vehicle. A search then found the marijuana, the patrol said.

Hischer said troopers continue to get better at drug interdiction, seizing hundreds of pounds of marijuana during routine stops along the I-94 corridor in the past year alone.

"They're very good at detecting abnormalities in the stories they hear," Hischer said.

Shipe was arrested on drug charges and taken to the Cass County Jail, where he was listed as an inmate as of Thursday morning, May 31.