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Mankato man arrested in Nobles County on drug charges

WORTHINGTON — A Mankato man is facing multiple drug charges after law enforcement searched his vehicle and allegedly found two bottles of liquor, protein powder that tested positive for THC (the principal ingredient in marijuana), baggies of marijuana and prescription pills. 

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Stuart Freeman, 21, is facing a felony fifth-degree drug possession charge, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Freeman is also facing an open bottle law and speeding charges.

A deputy with the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office was parked Saturday along on Minnesota 60 near Interstate 90 when the officer noticed a vehicle traveling 12 miles per hour over the speed limit and proceeded to pull the vehicle over.

According to court documents, when speaking with Freeman, law enforcement noticed an open backpack sitting on the floor with two bottles inside that appeared to contain alcohol as well as prescription pill bottle. When asked about the potential alcohol and prescription pills in the vehicle, Freeman allegedly stated that the bottle contained his prescription medication and told officers that there was alcohol in his bag.

Deputies then asked Freeman to come back to the squad car and told him that they would search his vehicle, to which he complied.

According to the criminal complaint, during the search, deputies removed the two bottles of alcohol, and noticed a grinder — an item commonly used with marijuana — also inside the bag. Searching the backpack further, another pill bottle was found with a plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance, two clear bottles filled with liquids used for vapor cigarettes that tested positive for THC and an orange pill bottle labeled Adderall.

Freeman was then arrested, and a further continued search of the vehicle was performed. Law enforcement found an additional three plastic baggies containing a green leafy substance, and also located a bag of powder with a consistency of protein powder that later tested positive for THC.

Freeman was then transported to the Nobles County Jail, where he allegedly denied knowing that any of the items contained THC. He saidd he bought the liquid from a smoke shop and the powder from a Worthington supermarket.

When law enforcement weighed and tested the items, the containers of liquid weighed in at 10.1 grams and the protein powder at 29.5 grams. The green leafy material found inbaggies tested positive for THC and weighed 0.6 grams, according to court documents.

Freeman makes his initial appearance in Nobles County District Court Aug. 5.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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