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Brooten, Minn., man pleads to drug charge related to 72 grams of pot found in a cereal box

WILLMAR -- Michael Anton Kessler, 20, of Brooten, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fifth-degree drug possession charge filed after police officers found 72 grams of marijuana, most of which was found hidden in a Cap'n Crunch cereal box, in his vehicle.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District court, a fifth-degree drug sale charge and a misdemeanor for driving after revocation will be dismissed and he will receive a stay of adjudication on his sentence. Under the stay, no conviction will appear on his record if he complies with the conditions of sentence. He will be sentenced Aug. 29.

The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer on routine patrol around 7:30 p.m. June 19 noticed a vehicle stopped in the intersection of Becker Avenue and Sixth Street Southwest. The officer pulled the pickup over for having one working brake light.

The officer noticed that the backseat passenger was moving about as he approached the vehicle. When the driver -- identified as Kessler -- opened the window, the officer was overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana.

Kessler told the officer his driver's license was revoked and that he had a small plastic bag of marijuana in his pocket. The bag weighed 3 grams.

The officer noticed as Kessler and two passengers exited the vehicle that the odor got stronger. He asked them if they had more marijuana in the vehicle. Kessler allegedly admitted there was 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a Cap'n Crunch box, which was located behind the driver's seat.

Upon inspection, the box was found to contain three bags of marijuana weighing 28, 27 and 14 grams.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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