Traffic stop leads to 50 pounds of pot

Stash has street value of $150k; 31-year-old California man arrested

by BRYAN ZOLLMAN
STAFF WRITER

A routine traffic stop on March 5 led to the biggest drug discovery of Sauk Centre’s K-9 Unit.
At approximately 5:10 p.m. last Saturday, Sauk Centre Police Officer Joe Jensen noticed that the taillights of a small station wagon were painted black. He pulled the car over and after criminal indicators were observed, he deployed K9 Sonny, who alerted Jensen to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded 50 pounds of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value of $150,000.
The driver of the vehicle was 31-year-old John Thomas Nilmeyer of Crescent City, Calif. He was arrested on charges of 3rd Degree Controlled Substance Possession and brought to Stearns County Jail where he is currently being held. Nilmeyer’s vehicle will also be seized.
The marijuana will eventually be destroyed and the vehicle will be put up for auction.

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