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Teen accused of carrying three pounds of pot in backpack

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

WOODBURY, Minn. -- A Woodbury teenager who allegedly ditched a backpack containing more than 3 pounds of marijuana behind a home faces two felony charges in connection with the incident.

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According to a juvenile petition made public last week, Michael Jermaine Anderson, 17, was charged with one count each of fifth-degree drug sales and fifth-degree drug possession.

The charges stem from a July 16 incident in which a resident reported seeing a juvenile male throw a backpack into an area of nearby tall grass.

A Woodbury police officer broadcast the suspect's description and shortly after another officer spotted a juvenile who matched the description and arrested him.

A member of Woodbury's Street Crimes Unit searched the backpack, where he found two heat-sealed packages containing other individually sealed packages of a substance that allegedly tested positive for marijuana. Both packages weighed just over 1.5 pounds apiece, the petition states and also notes that at least one of the packages had been covered in a substance that may have been used to mask the smell.

Anderson's initial court date has not yet been set.

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