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POLSON – A Canadian man accused of trafficking 80 pounds of cocaine is expected to face charges in federal court. 

An attorney for Miguel Douglas Miranda, 22, of Calgary told Lake County Judge Deborah Kim Christopher on July 2 that federal officials likely will take over prosecution in the case. 

Douglas pleaded not guilty on July 2 to possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. 

According to court documents, on June 4, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper stopped a pickup truck for not having appropriate mud flaps or fenders. Miranda consented to a search of the vehicle, which revealed a hidden compartment after K-9 partner Tika alerted officers to the possible presence of drugs. 

At a storage facility officers and patrolmen from the Mission Mountain Drug Task Force and Montana Highway Patrol found hidden motorized unit that lifted the truck bed from the hidden compartment, where 40 silver, 1-kilogram packages of cocaine where found.

The evidence was seized by federal authorities. 

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