Man arrested after deputy finds marijuana, handgun during traffic stop

(ABC 6 News) – The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said a Stewartville man was taken into custody following a traffic stop Friday afternoon.

A deputy pulled over the driver on Highway 63 South near I-90 just before 2 p.m.

The deputy ran the driver’s license plate and was notified the registration status had been suspended.

When the deputy went to talk with the driver he could smell marijuana in the car. After searching the vehicle, the deputy found about half a pound of marijuana and a handgun.

The driver, 28-year-old Vidal Aknis of Stewartville, was arrested.

Multiple charges are being referred by the sheriff’s office including 5th-degree controlled substance possession, 5th-degree controlled substance sale, possession of ammo/firearm by a user of a controlled substance, carry a pistol without a permit, no proof of insurance, driving after suspension and motor vehicle registration suspended.