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Cottage Grove police brief: Alleged drug dealer arrested

An alleged drug dealer was arrested after police interrupted a planned marijuana buy.

Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 7400 block of Hidden Valley Trail shortly after 10 p.m. Dec. 30. A male suspect in the vehicle said he was in the area to buy marijuana. Police then located the alleged dealer, who was arrested.

Samuel T. Pines, 18, of Cottage Grove, was booked into Washington County jail on suspicion of fifth-degree drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and a fifth-degree drug sale charge.

The suspect who had planned to buy marijuana was released without citations or an arrest because he possessed no drugs, according to police.

-Scott Wente