STORDEN — A Windom resident was arrested over the weekend for drug possession when a Cottonwood County deputy noticed drugs out in the open during a traffic stop.

Jesse Kerkaert, 30, was pulled over because his taillights were out. During the traffic stop, the deputy shined his flashlight into the vehicle and could allegedly see a container of marijuana in the back seat. The discovery constituted probable cause and allowed the deputy to conduct a search of the vehicle, during which he found the following:

  • A digital scale with plastic baggies
  • A grinder with particles of marijuana on it
  • A vape pen containing THC wax
  • A marijuana pipe
  • 17.5 grams of methamphetamine, spread between two packages

  • 16.1 grams of marijuana

Kerkaert was arrested and charged with second-degree sale or possession of drugs and fifth-degree possession, both felonies. The second-degree charge carries a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine, but if he's convicted, Kerkaert will be sentenced based on criminal history.

He is being held in Cottonwood County Jail on bail set at $10,000 with conditions or $50,000 without.