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Seat belt stop in DL allegedly turns up 75 grams of marijuana

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Kevin Allen Cross, 21, of 2014 10th Ave. E. No. 302, Williston, N.D., has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, possession, and gross misdemeanor driving after his license was canceled.

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According to court records:

On Saturday, a Detroit Lakes police officer on routine patrol stopped his vehicle on Willow Street because occupants weren't wearing seat belts.

The officer allegedly smelled a strong marijuana odor from the vehicle, and when he mentioned this, a passenger handed over a small plastic bag of marijuana. There was also an open bottle of beer in the back seat.

Another officer arrived, and a search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a bag containing three smaller bags of marijuana. They weighed in at 24.72 grams, 26.45 grams and 27.98 grams. Officers also found $482 in cash.

A record check indicated Cross' driver's license had been canceled as inimical to public safety.

He appeared Monday before District Judge Joe Evans, who set cash bail at $1,000 and bond at $5,000. His next court appearance is Aug. 3.

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