Man with 471 pounds of marijuana pleads guilty to drug trafficking


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A 41-year-old man who was arrested with 471 pounds of marijuana in his van pleaded guilty today to drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Mark Berg, Coon Rapids, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper stopped Berg’s van in December on Interstate 70 in Ellsworth, Kansas. Two other vehicles were traveling with the van.

Berg told the trooper he had been in Las Vegas and drove through Denver on his way back to Minnesota.

After a drug dog sniffed the vehicle, investigators searched the van and found the marijuana.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 19. He faces a penalty of up to 40 years in federal prison. 

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