Canadian Accused of Having 100 Pounds of Cocaine Arrested in Lake County

Miguel Douglas Miranda of Calgary, Alberta was pulled over at St. Ignatius on Thursday

By Justin Franz

POLSON — A Canadian man is facing a felony drug charge after a Montana Highway Patrol officer says he found about 100 pounds of cocaine in the man’s pickup truck during a routine traffic stop Thursday night.

Deputy Lake County Attorney James Lapotka said 22-year-old Miguel Douglas Miranda of Calgary, Alberta was charged Friday with one count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.

Miranda was pulled over in a 2006 GMC Sierra by Montana Highway Patrol at about 8 p.m. Thursday for a mud flap violation near St. Ignatius on U.S. Highway 93.

An officer with a K-9 unit found about 40 kilograms of cocaine estimated to be worth up to $1.5 million in a hidden compartment in the vehicle. The drugs were seized by the Department of Homeland Security.

KERR-AM reports Miranda recently earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is being held in the Lake County Jail in Polson on $1 million bond.

The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating.

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