Minnesota man pleads guilty in large marijuana haul

Published 9:24 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Minnesota man arrested in central Kansas with 471 pounds of marijuana in his van has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Federal prosecutors said 41-year-old Mark Berg of Coon Rapids entered the plea Tuesday to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper stopped Berg’s van in December on Interstate 70 in Ellsworth, Kansas. Two other vehicles were traveling with the van.

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Berg told the trooper he had been in Las Vegas and drove through Denver on his way back to Minnesota.

After a drug dog sniffed the van, investigators found the marijuana.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19. Berg faces up to 40 years in federal prison.