Belgrade Man Charged with Possessing 52 Pounds of Marijuana

Man appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Thursday

By Justin Franz

BOZEMAN — A 32-year-old Belgrade man is facing drug charges after a Montana Highway Patrol officer found 52 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Troy Arthur Warburton appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Thursday on a charge of felony possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. He did not enter a plea, and his bail was set at $20,000.

Prosecutors say a detective with the Missouri River Drug Task Force received a search warrant for Warburton’s vehicle. He was later stopped by the patrol on Wednesday. During a search of the vehicle, a task force detective found four large garbage bags containing packages of marijuana.

Defense attorney Ashley Whipple asked for $5,000 bail, stressing that Warburton is presumed innocent, completed a deferred sentence on his previous drug conviction and has a family.