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13-pound meth bust in Wahpeton likely one of state’s biggest

WAHPETON, N.D. — Narcotics officers searched a home here Friday, March 31, and found 13 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of over $1.1 million — likely one of the largest meth busts in North Dakota history.

Agents with the Southeast Multi-County Agency Drug Task Force made the discovery while executing a search warrant at 2104 Second St. N. in Wahpeton, the task force said in a news release Saturday, April 1.

Along with the meth, two handguns, an AK-47 and drug paraphernalia were seized, the task force said. Louis Leander Dauphinais, 29, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was being held Saturday at the Richland County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000 cash only.

Formal charges had not been filed against Dauphinais, according to North Dakota court records, which did not list an attorney for him. The case remains under investigation, the task force said.

Exactly where this meth bust ranks among other big ones in the state is unclear. In March 2016, Forum News Service reported that the largest meth seizure in North Dakota Highway Patrol history was 17 pounds found during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 94 near Mapleton.

In that case, the patrol arrested the driver, a California man in a Mercedes SUV. The vehicle also contained over $26,400 in cash, the patrol said.

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