OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged an East Bethel man with possessing nearly $500,000 worth of methamphetamine.

The Owatonna People’s Press reports a state trooper arrested 24-year-old Edgar Cisneros Jr. with 10 pounds of the drug in his vehicle during a traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 35 in Steele County.

Prosecutors have charged him with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and importing a controlled substance across state lines. He faces a maximum sentence of 65 years and $2.25 million in fines if he’s convicted.

Owatonna police say the local street value of methamphetamine is about $100 a gram. At 10 pounds, the drugs police say they found in Cisneros’ vehicle are worth about $453,592.

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