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Routine traffic stop nets nearly $7,000 worth of meth

Jonathan Abeln, 53, of New Cambria, Missouri, has been charged with Attempt to Traffic Drugs and Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia. (Photo Courtesy: Brookfield Police Department)

A routine traffic stop lands a Missouri man behind bars facing drug charges.

According to the Brookfield Police Department, on January 16 at 10:55 p.m., Brookfield officers conducted a traffic stop near the 500 block of South Main Street.

Before making contact with the driver, Jonathan Abeln, 53, of New Cambria, Missouri, officers noticed Abeln reach into his coat pocket several times.

When officers checked the suspect’s coat for weapons, they recovered a glass methamphetamine pipe.

K-9 Nitro was called in and alerted officers on scene to several areas on the vehicle.

During and subsequent search of the vehicle, officers recovered 69.5 grams of crystal-like substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine.

According to police, the “street value” of the methamphetamine is estimated at $7,000.

Abeln has been charged with Attempt to Traffic Drugs in the 1st Degree and Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia.

Abeln is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

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