Felony charges of fifth degree possession/conspiracy to commit were dismissed against Benjamin Anthony Tschida, 27, Little Falls. Attorney Todd Kosovich said the dismissals occurred because a witness was no longer cooperative and he/she was the only person tying Tschida to this particular crime.
Tschida was convicted in the Seventh Judicial District Court April 12, of one count of misdemeanor driving after the revocation of his driver’s license.
The initial charges came after a member of the Central Minnesota Drug and Gang Task Force attempted to stop Tschida’s vehicle May 5, 2011, when he was observed speeding and displaying expired license tabs.
Before the vehicle came to a stop, the officer noticed a passenger throwing items from the vehicle. After the vehicle was stopped, another officer located a baggie containing a white powdery substance which later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Both Tschida and the passenger allegedly told officers at the jail that the drugs belonged to the other person.
Tschida was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $135.