Traffic stop turns up drugs

Criminal charges have been filed after a traffic stop in Rosemount, which police say turned up cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint, the Rosemount police officer who pulled over 24-year-old Raymond M. Hessler of Inver Grove Heights on Feb. 23 smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and after another officer arrived on the scene the vehicle was searched.

Officers found three baggies containing about 40 grams of marijuana behind the center console and under a cup holder, along with a digital scale and a marijuana pipe, the complaint states.

Police say crime lab testing revealed a mixture of cocaine and THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, on the digital scale.

Hessler has been charged with a fifth-degree controlled substance crime for the cocaine allegedly found on the scale. If convicted of that felony-level charge, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

He’s also been charged with possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and failure to produce proof of insurance, both misdemeanors, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor.