Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Aug. 13, 2001

Drugs found in car search in LP

A routine traffic stop for speeding turned into two arrests for possession of illegal substances in Lester Prairie Aug. 2.

During the traffic stop, a vehicle search was performed, resulting in two suspects being charged with possession of illegal substances.

Officer Mark Thiry of the Lester Prairie Police Department stopped a vehicle in the area of McLeod County Road 9 and 175th Street. The vehicle was stopped for going 46 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone on Central Avenue.

Thiry approached the vehicle and could detect an odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver consented to a vehicle search and two marijuana pipes were found in the car.

The driver of the vehicle, Christopher Caldwell, 20, Waconia, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and no seat belt use.

Caldwell is scheduled appear in McLeod County District Court Monday, Sept. 10.

A passenger in the vehicle, Eric Scott Tetreault, 19, Waconia, was patted down for officer safety by Trooper Pregler of the Minnesota State Patrol. Two small bundles of what appeared to be methamphetamine were found on his person.

Tetreault acknowledged to officers that the substance was methamphetamine and he had just purchased it in Lester Prairie for $100. Tetreault was arrested and charged controlled substance crime in the fifth degree.

The maximum penalty for the violation is five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine. Tetreault appeared in McLeod County District Court Aug. 3, and was released from jail after posting a $500 bond.

Based on the above incident, the Lester Prairie Police Department and the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force conducted a search warrant at a residence on Juniper Street. No further information was released because the investigation continues.

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