A Cloquet man is being held in the Carlton County Jail after a large amount of drugs was found in the car during a traffic stop.

Richard Calvin Hearle Jr., 39, was arrested after being stopped by a Carlton County Sheriff’s Deputy Dec. 16, 2020, in the area of 14th Street and Jane Road in Cloquet.

During the deputy’s initial contact with Hearle, there was an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and the deputy observed a small glass pipe in the center console, the criminal complaint said. The deputy said Hearle appeared nervous because his hands were shaking and his pupils responded slowly to light.

Richard Calvin Hearle Jr.
Richard Calvin Hearle Jr.

The deputy asked Hearle to get out of the vehicle, and he patted him down before he conducted a search. The deputy found a black drawstring bag with four digital scales that had residue that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, the complaint said.

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The search also revealed a black leather backpack with six packages that tested positive for meth totaling more than 300 grams of the substance, as well as two small bags of marijuana, according to the complaint.

An officer who responded to assist the deputy found a loaded, single shot .22 caliber pistol and a small black bag of ammunition in the snow near where Hearle was standing. A review of the squad car’s video footage showed Hearle pulled an item from his waist area and dropped it in the snow where the pistol and ammunition were found, the complaint said.

Hearle is prohibited from possessing firearms because of a 2012 conviction for aggravated robbery.

Hearle faces two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, each carrying a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both. He is also charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition that each carry a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both.