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Authorities: Woodbury teen's backpack contained more than 3 pounds of marijuana

A Woodbury teenager who allegedly ditched a backpack containing more than three pounds of marijuana behind a local home faces two felony charges in connection with the incident.

According to a juvenile petition made public on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 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 the 7500 block of Ojibway Park Court, where 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 standing in a Robinwood Trail driveway.

The officer approached the male, who was talking on a phone at the time, and placed him in a squad car.

According to the petition, a witness to the incident said the male, later identified as Anderson, came to her door and told her four people were chasing him. The resident denied Anderson’s request to come inside, but did agreed to call him a taxi. Anderson asked at one point if the resident would give him a ride back to pick up his backpack “because he had to hide it while he was being chased,” the court document states.

Another neighbor allowed Anderson to use his cordless phone, which he was talking on when the officer intercepted the suspect.

While on the scene, the cordless phone rang and displayed a 404 area code. The officer answered the phone and a male voice identifying himself as Anderson’s cousin asked “where Mike was,” according to the charges

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.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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