Canadian Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

Miguel Douglas Miranda of Calgary, Alberta appeared in court on Thursday

By Justin Franz

POLSON — A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to charges that he had 97 pounds of cocaine in a hidden compartment in his pickup truck while traveling through northwestern Montana.

KERR-AM reports 23-year-old Miguel Douglas Miranda of Calgary, Alberta, made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to criminal possession with intent to distribute.

He appeared in court Thursday in Polson.

The plea deal includes a joint recommendation of a three-year prison sentence.

Court records say a Montana Highway Patrol trooper who stopped Miranda on U.S. Highway 93 near St. Ignatius on June 4 found the cocaine. Prosecutors estimate its value at $1.4 million.

District Judge Kim Christopher set a sentencing hearing for Dec. 17.