Bemidji men charged with felonies for MDMA, mushroom possession

Christopher Brandon Walters, 31, and Stephen Paul Vondras, 33, both of Bemidji, have been charged with felony fifth degree possession of a controlled substance.

The charges stem from a March 10 traffic stop near the town of Motley on Highway 10.

According to the criminal complaint, a vehicle allegedly driven by Vondras was pulled over by a trooper for allegedly speeding.

During the traffic stop, the trooper detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, in which Walters was also a passenger.

The trooper also noticed that the occupants became increasingly nervous throughout the encounter.

The trooper had the defendants exit the vehicle and searched it. The search revealed a pill bottle in a jacket allegedly belonging to Walters that contained 30 pills that later field-tested for MDMA or Ecstasy, which is a Schedule I controlled substance.

A backpack allegedly owned by Vondras was also found to contain 11 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, which are also a Schedule I substance.

Both men were also allegedly in possession of several grams of marijuna.

Both were arrested and while at jail, Walters allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana approximately an hour before the stop, and that he got scared and hid a grinder and pipe when pulled over.

He also allegedly admitted to purchasing the pills, which he assumed were Ecstacy and that they were “for the purpose of partying.”

If convicted, Walters and Vondras could receive up to five years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines.