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Wisconsin man faces drug possession charges after traffic stop


WORTHINGTON -- A Wisconsin man accused of possessing 3.18 grams of cocaine was arrested Friday in Nobles County.

Benjamin J. Waldner, 21, of Holmen, Wis. has been charged with felony fifth-degree drug possession in Nobles County District Court. The offense is punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

The charge stems from a July 6 traffic stop by a Minnesota state trooper after the vehicle in which Waldner was a passenger allegedly traveled 88 miles per hour in a 70 mph speed zone on Interstate 90 in Nobles County.

Upon contact, the trooper allegedly smelled what he believed to be marijuana. Waldner initially denied the accusation, but as the trooper informed him he would be searching the vehicle, Waldner admitted there was a pipe in the vehicle’s trunk, the criminal complaint cites.

In the trunk, the trooper allegedly discovered two pipes and marijuana under a small mat near the spare tire. He also allegedly discovered 3.18 grams of cocaine in a duffle bag, which Waldner claimed possession of.

His bail was set at $10,000 without conditions. His initial appearance is scheduled for July 18 in Nobles County District Court.