Shawn M. Kaar, 34, was arrested March 10 by a Minnesota patrolman after 342 pounds of marijuana were allegedly discovered in his vehicle. The arrest was made within a few miles of — and at approximately the same time as — the arrest of Luvar C. Ivy, 37, of St. Paul after a Worthington police officer allegedly discovered 482 pounds of marijuana in Ivy’s vehicle.
According to Kaar’s criminal complaint, a Minnesota patrolman was advised by a South Dakota trooper that two vehicles believed to be decoys to larger load vehicles had been stopped. South Dakota troopers advised that the vehicles, which were in close proximity to a minivan with Florida license plates, were traveling east on Interstate 90.
The Minnesota trooper located the minivan, which was traveling on I-90 in close proximity of a Nevada-plated SUV.
The complaint details traffic violations and categorized the Nevada vehicle as traveling at “unusually slow speeds” upon becoming aware of the trooper’s presence.
The trooper stopped the vehicle near mile marker 45 in Nobles County and allegedly smelled marijuana emitting from the vehicle. After his K-9 partner alerted to the presence of an illegal substance, the trooper searched the vehicle. A total of 342 pounds of marijuana were allegedly discovered in garbage bags and luggage.
The vehicle driven by Ivy and stopped by the Worthington Police Department had Florida license plates.
Kaar has been charged with first-degree possession of 25 kilograms or more of marijuana/Tetra or 500 or more plants and first-degree sale of drugs — 25 kilograms or more of marijuana in Nobles County District Court. Both felony-level offenses are punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine or both.
Kaar’s bail was set at $100,000 with conditions or $250,000 without. His initial appearance is scheduled for March 20