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Cloquet man caught with nine grams of meth

A Cloquet man is facing second-degree controlled substance charges after he was found to be in possession of methamphetamines.

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Robert Allan Widener, 59, was charged in Carlton County Court last Thursday. Judge Robert Macaulay granted his request for a public defender and set bail in the amount of $4,000.  

According to the criminal complaint filed in the incident, Cloquet police detectives were contacted by a Carlton County probation officer on March 11, requesting assistance in checking on an individual the officer was supervising.

The officer and the detectives together went to a residence in the 1700 block of Cloquet Avenue, and when they arrived they were greeted by an individual known to one of the detectives as Widener.

When the detective asked Widener if the man they were seeking was present, Widener said the man was sleeping on the couch in the living room. While the probation officer was making contact with the man in question, the detective ran Widener’s information through Dispatch and learned there were two active warrants for his arrest. Widener was then taken into custody.

During the course of arresting Widener, the detectives found some plastic baggies on him that were consistent with the packaging used for controlled substances. The detectives also discovered some drug paraphernalia and seized the items before transferring Widener to the Law Enforcement Center.

The following day, the detectives began processing the evidence seized, and in doing so they found there were seven additional clear plastic baggies in the items confiscated from Widener on the day of his arrest. The baggies contained a white, crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. The gross field weight of the meth was 9 grams. All of the items were packaged and sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for official weighing and testing.

Widener is now scheduled for an Initial Appearance/Rule 8 hearing at 10 a.m. March 19.