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State trooper discovers $500k of meth during traffic stop, man charged

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A man faces three felony charges after a state trooper discovered almost $500,000 of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Owatonna, Minnesota, on Wednesday.

Edgar Cisneros, Jr., 24, has been charged with first-degree possession and sale of a controlled substance, and importing the controlled substance across state borders, the Owatonna People's Press reports.

A police complaint seen by the People's Press says the trooper pulled over an SUV in Steele County as it didn't have visible registration and the driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

The trooper found numerous air fresheners adorning the car and asked the driver, alleged to be Cisneros, for permission to search the car, which was granted. Ten packages weighing one pound each were then found in the SUV's fenders.

According to Associated Press, the street value of the meth is about $100 a gram, and with 10 pounds in the car, the estimated street value of the drugs found is around $453,000.

Cisneros, of East Bethel, Minnesota, faces a maximum sentence of 65 years and $2.25 million in fines if he’s convicted, AP added.

In a separate incident from November 8, WCCO reports that a woman in Lino Lakes was seen smoking meth in her car outside a McDonald's while a 14-year-old child was present.

Local woman Brandie Lea Triplett, 38, faces one count of meth-related crimes involving children, one count of possessing meth and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia, the station notes.

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