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Brooten man charged after 72 grams of pot found in a cereal box

WILLMAR -- Michael Anton Kessler, 20, of Brooten, made his first court appearance Tuesday on fifth-degree drug sale and possession charges for allegedly possessing 72 grams of marijuana, most of which was found hidden in a Cap'n Crunch cereal box.

Kessler also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is July 5.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer on routine patrol not-iced a vehicle stopped in the intersection of Becker Avenue and Sixth Street Southwest around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 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Kessler told the officer his driver's license was revoked and that he had a small baggie of marijuana in his pocket. The baggie weighed 3 grams.

The officer noticed as Kessler and two passengers exited the vehicle, 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 weighing 28, 27 and 14 grams of marijuana.

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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