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Overly-tinted car windows lead to drug charge

Freddie Cisneros Jr., 25, of Thief River Falls has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, about 11:20 a.m. on March 18, a trooper pulled over the vehicle he was riding in on Highway 59 in Becker County for possible illegally-tinted windows. A check of the driver's side window with a tint meter showed the tint was 15 percent, which is below Minnesota's legal threshold of 50 percent light transmittal.

The trooper allegedly smelled marijuana in the vehicle and the driver admitted to having a one-hitter and a grinder in the vehicle. A package between Cisnero's feet was allegedly found to contain about a pound of marijuana. The driver said that he and Cisneros had purchased the marijuana together.

Cisneros appeared March 20 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who released him on his own recognizance, without bail.