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MASON CITY | A Charles City man was arrested Sunday after a trooper discovered drugs during a Mason City traffic stop. 

Dalton James Betsinger, 24, is charged felony possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, as well as misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An Iowa State Patrol trooper stopped Betsinger's silver 2005 Chrysler Town and Country on Highway 65, near 43rd Street Southwest, about 9:30 a.m. 

“Upon approach to the vehicle, I could detect the strong odor of raw marijuana,” the trooper wrote in charging documents. “I could also detect the odor on Betsinger when I brought him back to my patrol car.”

During a search of the vehicle, court documents say the trooper found a backpack behind the front passenger seat containing an unlocked gray safe.

Inside the safe, there was a plastic bag of methamphetamine weighing 3.26 ounces, two 1-ounce bags of marijuana, numerous small baggies, digital scale and a glass pipe used for drugs, charging documents say. 

The trooper also said he found a functional electronic stun gun in the backpack.

Betsinger was also charged with failure to wear a seat belt and driving while suspended. He was transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail, where he is being held on a $100,000 bond.

No court date has been set.

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