On Jan. 24, a trooper stopped a rental vehicle near Alexandria with a police dog leading to the discovery of 24 pounds of marijuana and $8,200. Two New Jersey men face felony charges in the case.
According to the criminal complaint:
A trooper saw the driver of a Nissan SUV cover his face with his left arm while he went by him. Some drivers do this to hide the fact they’re not wearing a seat belt, according to the trooper.
To get a better view of the driver, the trooper pulled behind the Nissan, which then sped up to 85 mph in the 70 mph zone. The trooper stopped the vehicle about three miles east of Alexandria.
As the trooper approached the SUV, he noticed that the vehicle’s windows were rolled completely down even though it was only 22 degrees outside. The trooper also noticed luggage that was stacked up in the back seat.
When the trooper asked for a license, proof of insurance and the rental agreement, both the driver and his passenger began to look for the items “almost frantically,” according to the complaint.
The driver, identified as Michael Michura, 54, of North Caldwell, New Jersey, told the trooper that they were traveling from the state of Washington to Wayzata, Minnesota, to get a new rental car because the windshield on the SUV was chipped.
When the trooper asked Michura why he and his passenger, Nahid Miah, 20, of Paterson, New Jersey, chose not to fly to New Jersey, Michura said they wanted to go to “all the stores.”
While they were talking, the trooper smelled a strong odor of air fresheners and saw multiple air fresheners in the the vehicle. Michura was acting “unusually nervous,” the complaint said. One of his eyes was twitching, his carotid artery