3 arrested for transporting pot on Amtrak train in Mont.

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in northeastern Montana have arrested three people suspected of transporting several pounds of marijuana while riding an Amtrak train.

Roosevelt County Sheriff Freedom Crawford said Tuesday his office received a tip over the weekend that a passenger on the train had a warrant out for his arrest in North Dakota.

Officers arrested David Koepke of Reno, Nev., on Saturday near Mondak. He was jailed on $100,000 bond. Crawford said officers found at least two pounds of marijuana in his luggage.

And on Oct. 2, deputies arrested Morris Hayden and Amberly Dobbins after witnesses reported seeing them walking along the tracks east of Poplar, Crawford said in a news release. He said both had jumped off a moving train, and Dobbins was injured and required medical treatment.

The two were arrested for obstructing an officer after they were "very untruthful" in their answers to officers' questions, Crawford said.

The next day, when jail staff searched their baggage, officers found about seven pounds of marijuana and over $1,100 in cash.

Koepke is charged with possession of dangerous drugs, while Hayden and Dobbins are charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell. All three are charged with carrying dangerous drugs on a train.

"Every mode of transportation in this country ... faces these challenges," Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Wednesday.

"We appreciate the prompt response of Roosevelt County," he said. "We're happy to assist both the police and prosecutors as they pursue these cases."