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Bemidji parking lot bust yields 400 grams of pot, hallucinogenic mushrooms

BEMIDJI -- Two men were arrested with more than 400 grams of marijuana and 30 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, both hidden in a banjo case, in a Burger King parking lot Saturday night, according to police.

Darwin Lee Seeger, 27, and James Daniel Brennan, 20, were both arraigned on fifth-degree drug possession charges in Beltrami District Court on Monday. Seeger and Brennan were released from jail after working with a bail bondsman, or paying 10 percent of a $15,000 and $20,000 bail, respectively.

The pair were arrested about 11 p.m. Saturday after an employee of Burger King, 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive SW, called police, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office. Seeger and Brennan were drinking beer in a turquoise Geo Tracker in the restaurant’s drive-through, the employee reported.

When police arrived, Seeger, in order to search for his driver’s license, handed his beer to an officer with the Bemidji Police Department, the complaint stated. Police said Brennan was also drinking beer. When the officer told Seeger it was illegal to drink and drive, he “appeared surprised,” according to the complaint. Seeger then gave permission for a search of the car.

Inside, police found seven bags of marijuana weighing more than 400 grams, according to the complaint. Also found was an open case of beer, a digital scale, a 30-gram bag of psilocybin mushrooms and $812 in currency. Police said the packaging of the marijuana and mushrooms, along with the presence of the scale and cash, were “consistent with drug trafficking,” the complaint stated.

Seeger told police he and Brennan left Dinkytown, a neighborhood near the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus, sometime Saturday, and that the pair had “come across” the marijuana.

Brennan denied any knowledge of the drugs’ presence in the banjo case, and officials at the Beltrami County Jail found a vial containing a small amount of pot in his clothing. He told police he didn’t know how the vial, scale or a marijuana smoking pipe ended up in his pockets.

Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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