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Car stopped, drug charges result

A 35-year-old St. Paul park man faces three counts of felony controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, one charge of driving after revocation, and one charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after his car was involved in a traffic stop Nov. 5, 2008, and drugs were found on him and in the car.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Steven Edward Stone in Nininger after the deputy learned the Stone was driving with a revoked license.

In doing a pat down of Stone before he was placed in the squad car, the deputy found several blue pills in a plastic bags in one of Stone's pockets. He also found a marijuana one hitter and a plastic bag with marijuana residue. In a search of Stone's car, the deputy found several syringes.

Stone admitted the pills were his and that there was a small amount of methamphetamine in the syringes.

The pills were identified as klonopin, which contain clonazepam, a controlled substance.