Broken headlight leads to pot bust

A broken headlight led to fifth-degree drug charges against a Stillwater man following a Feb. 23 traffic stop in Bayport.

The man, identified in court documents as Ian James Anderson, was pulled over by a law enforcement officer for a burned out headlight on Minnesota 95 in Bayport.
Anderson appeared nervous as the officer checked his license and registration, and the officer allegedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and noticed a bong tucked into the back seat pocket of the driver’s seat.

Documents said Anderson agreed to get out of his vehicle and he retrieved the bong and a Baggie from the back seat of his vehicle, telling the officer that was all he had.

During a subsequent search of Anderson’s vehicle, the officer allegedly found 8 Ziploc bags of marijuana located throughout the vehicle, four glass-sealed Mason jars, a marijuana pipe, digital scale, grinder, numberous unused plastic bags. eight empty mason jars, three cellphones and a plastic container inside a computer modem that contained marijuana.

The total amount of marijuana found in the car is reported to be 68.39 grams.

Driver sentenced in chase case

A Minneapolis man was sentenced 23 months in prison with credit for 16 days served after being found guilty of charges resulting from his arrest after a Valentine’s Day slow-speed chase.

Michael Jason Throne was sentenced on a charge for receiving stolen property, according to court documents. The case arose after Throne refused to stop for police officers after a license plate check on the car Throne was driving showed the vehicle was stolen.

Officers followed Throne from Manning Avenue and Minnesota 96 to St. Croix Trail before officers deployed stop sticks near Nathan Hill, deflating tires on the vehicle Throne was driving and forcing it to stop on St. Croix Trail and Broadway.