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Minnesota men arrested for marijuana

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ALEXANDRIA—Two men were arrested in Hanson County after they were found to have more than two pounds of marijuana in a car with them.

Chad Lingen, 25, and Christopher Cruse, 24, both of Pipestone, Minnesota, were driving east on Interstate 90 at 8:10 p.m. when an officer sitting in the highway median observed that the blue 2005 Buick Lacrosse that Lingen was driving was traveling 4 mph faster than the posted speed limit.

The officer pulled the car over near Alexandria. According to court documents, Lingen provided a valid Minnesota driver's license, but Cruse, who said he did not have any identification to show, said his name was Anthony Jenkins. Lingen said that the two had driven from Minnesota to Oregon, stayed in Oregon for a day and were driving back to Minnesota.

The officer who pulled them over reportedly decided to search the car when he identified the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

In the trunk of the car, a black trash bag containing about two pounds of marijuana and a red cooler containing several small bags of marijuana and a glass pipe containing marijuana residue were found. Both Lingen and Cruse were arrested and transported to the Davison County Jail in Mitchell.

Both men were charged with possession with intent to distribute more than one pound of marijuana, possession of one to 10 pounds of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cruse was also charged with impersonation to deceive a law enforcement officer.

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