Trooper finds 200 pounds of marijuana during I-94 traffic stop
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — An Oregon man has been charged with felony drug possession after a traffic stop on Interstate 94 found 200 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
A Minnesota State Patrol trooper pulled over a van on I-94 Friday, Jan. 26. The vehicle was driven by Cory Frazier, 42. Philomath, Ore., according to Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow and Otter Tail County District Court records.
The van was pulled over because it had license plate covers that were dirty, obscuring part of the plate, and because car fresheners were hanging from the rear view mirror, Otter Tail County Attorney Michelle Eldien said Wednesday, Jan. 31.
The trooper who initiated the stop then saw suspicious tools in the van. A canine was called to the scene and alerted to the scent of potential drugs in boxes covered by a tarp, Eldien said. A search of the boxes found sealed vacuum bags of marijuana.
In all, about 200 pounds of marijuana was found, Grabow said.
Frazier was arrested and made an initial appearance in court Monday, Jan. 29, on a felony first-degree drug possession charge. An omnibus hearing is set for 9 a.m. March 28, according to court records.