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60 lbs of pot, AR15 seized from University of North Dakota students

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -

Two college students are behind bars after being accused of possessing $336,000 worth of marijuana.

Packaged and ready for sale on the streets of the Upper Red River Valley, the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force said the students are accused of being in possession of about 60 pounds of marijuana intended for sale.

“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 $70,000 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 Johnson.

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 Johnson.

University officials said it’s up to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities to decide how Hoben and Hildahl will be punished by the school.

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