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Illinois men arrested in SD for possessing marijuana

South Dakota Highway Patrol. (Republic file photo)

BRULE COUNTY — Two Illinois men were arrested on Sunday in Brule County after being found with marijuana.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers responded to a traffic complaint on Interstate 90, near mile marker 271.

After stopping the vehicle, officers found THC wax pipes, 2.5 grams of THC wax, one package of THC edibles, six handguns and an AR-15 rifle, according to court documents.

The vehicle's driver, Nicholes Ipema, 28, of Tinley Park, Illinois,was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and commission of a felony with a firearm. The passenger, 30-year-old Konrad Kowalski, Hickory Hills, Illinois, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Commission of a felony with a firearm is a Class 2 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 25 years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine. Possession of a controlled substance is a Class 5 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The other charges are misdemeanors.

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