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Mike Nowatzki, Published March 18 2008

West Fargo traffic stop leads police to seize 5 pounds of pot, arrest three and capture 'aggressive' pit bull

WEST FARGO – Police here seized 5 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop Monday that led to the search of a Moorhead home and the arrest of three people on suspicion of fifth-degree controlled substance crimes.

Ryan Utvick, 23, of Moorhead, and Forrest Fuller, 24, a Colorado resident, were arrested Monday afternoon during a traffic stop after detectives observed them delivering marijuana, according to Moorhead police Lt. Shannon Monroe.

The investigation led detectives to execute a search warrant at Utvick’s home at 1511 20th Ave. S. in Moorhead. Utvick’s roommate, Craig Richards, 24, of Moorhead, was arrested when he arrived home as police searched the residence.

Police seized the marijuana, a vehicle and $3,300 in cash as part of the joint investigation between Moorhead, West Fargo and Fargo police and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. The pot has an estimated street value of about $10,000, Monroe said.

An aggressive pit bull that rushed an officer at the home and escaped outside was later captured in south Moorhead, Monroe said. The officer got out of the dog’s way and was not hurt, he said.

Utvick and Fuller were taken to the Cass County Jail in Fargo, and Richards was taken to the Clay County Jail in Moorhead.