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11 pounds of pot seized in traffic stop
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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

- Eleven pounds of marijuana and three loaded handguns were seized Friday during a traffic stop. The driver appeared in Beltrami County Court on Tuesday, charged with a fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance charge.

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Richard Jay Barbour, 62, of Spring Lake, Mich. was pulled over at approximately 6 a.m. Friday morning on Highway 2 by a Minnesota State Patrol Trooper for travelling 84 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to court documents. The trooper learned the State of Michigan had a court order for Barbour's apprehension for a mental health evaluation.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office in Michigan informed local law enforcement Barbour had been involved in a domestic dispute and two handguns were missing from a Michigan residence, according to a statement of probable cause. The trooper arranged for Barbour to be transported to Sanford hospital in Bemidji.

A Beltrami County Sheriff's Deputy drove Barbour's 2009 Subaru to the hospital, according to court documents. While doing so, the deputy smelled the odor of fresh marijuana in the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained to search the vehicle. During the search three loaded .40 caliber handguns were located, one of which was uncased and underneath the driver's seat. Also disclosed in the search were 12 Ziploc bags containing approximately 11 pounds of marijuana.

A fifth-degree controlled substance charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Barbour is being held in the Beltrami County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

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