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Berthold bust nets 11 pounds of meth, thousands in cash

BERTHOLD, N.D. — A traffic stop for erratic driving in the western North Dakota oil patch town of Berthold resulted in a drug bust that authorities say netted 11 pounds of methamphetamine, along with some Valentine’s treats.

Police Chief Al Schmidt said he found a pound of meth and $20,000 in cash in the vehicle during the Wednesday stop. He arrested a North Dakota woman and two men from Arizona.

Jail interviews with the suspects led to a search warrant at a Minot hotel, and authorities uncovered 10 more pounds of meth, marijuana, $900 in cash and a handgun, Schmidt said. Authorities also seized a package at a Williston hotel that contained two more handguns, packaged in a Valentine’s Day box with chocolates and stuffed animals, the chief said.

The meth seizure is believed to be one of the largest in state history, according to Schmidt.

Arrested were Tina Ganley, 29, of Williston; Oscar Delgado, 29, of Phoenix; and Rocky Mayfield, 40, of Goodyear, Arizona. They all face multiple drug charges, including a count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mayfield also faces a felony weapons charge.

Court documents do not list attorneys for any of the suspects. They are due in court on March 20, and could enter pleas to the charges at that time.

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