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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

LITTLE FALLS—A 36-year-old Watkins man faces a first-degree possession of a controlled substance charge following a traffic stop Saturday, Oct. 6, on Highway 371, north of Little Falls.

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reported a deputy pulled over a Mazda Protege at 4:48 p.m. after observing a traffic violation. A Morrison County K-9 Team responded to the location of the traffic stop and conducted a drug sniff, which indicated the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, 51 grams of suspected methamphetamine was located and seized.

Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen said a deputy utilized his drug interdiction training and along with the assistance of a K-9 team, hundreds of dollars' worth of illegal narcotic drugs were taken off the streets.

Drug trafficking continues to be an issue in rural Minnesota, including Morrison County, and the sheriff's office will continue to stay aggressive with enforcement efforts, Larsen added.