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Forum News Service, Published April 03 2013

Cops bust Amtrak passenger in Grand Forks, seize $44,000 in pot

GRAND FORKS - With the help of a dog and tip about a suspicious passenger, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department deputies and Border Patrol agents busted a Portland, Ore., man and confiscated $44,000 worth of high-quality marijuana from an Amtrak train that was stopped in Grand Forks early Wednesday.

Authorities arrested Andrew Sorenson, 22, Portland.

According to a news release from Sheriff Bob Rost, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol informed his office that agents had information about a suspicious passenger who had boarded the train in Portland.

Sheriff's deputies took a K-9 dog to search the eastbound train during its stop just west of Grand Forks. The dog alerted on two pieces of luggage.

Sorenson consented to a search and deputies found 7.5 pounds of hydroponically grown pot worth an estimated $44,000 on the street, according to Rost.