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Police seize meth in traffic stop

More than 12 grams of methamphetamine were recently taken off the streets of Osakis.

Officer Mark Grinstead was on night patrol when he noticed a glow from a cell phone coming from a driver's lap.

Grinstead followed the driver and saw him cross over the center and fog line, so he pulled him over.

A license check showed that the driver had a revoked license and an outstanding warrant. Grinstead placed him under arrest, searched the driver's area of the vehicle and found about 12.5 grams of meth, along with drug paraphernalia.

A passenger in the vehicle was also arrested for resisting arrest and drug possession. The case is still pending in court.

Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson said the incident shows how alert police work can result in not only stopping a distracted driver from getting into a crash and injuring others, but also in getting drugs off the street.

Another example of that happened back in November when Grinstead stopped a driver who had a headlight and taillight that were both out, violations that could also cause a crash. Grinstead smelled and saw marijuana in the vehicle. He also found marijuana wax, a concentrated form of the drug, and $9,100 in cash.

That case is also still pending and the police department is in the process of obtaining the money that was seized through forfeiture.

The money will be used to purchase drug fighting equipment, cover expenses and for the Osakis Drug Abuse Resistance Education, DARE, program.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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