Bemidji men convicted of felony fifth degree drug possession

Christopher Brandon Walters, 31, and Stephen Paul Vondras, 34, both of Bemidji, were convicted, Aug. 30, in Morrison County District Court, of felony fifth degree drug possession.

The charges stem from a March 10 traffic stop near the town of Motley on Highway 10, when a vehicle driven by Vondras was pulled over for 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 belonging to Walters that contained 30 Ecstasy pills which is a Schedule I controlled substance.

A backpack owned by Vondras also contained 11 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, which is also a Schedule I substance.

Both men were also in possession of several grams of marijuana.

Walters and Vondras were arrested and while at jail, Walters 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 admitted to purchasing the pills, which he assumed were Ecstasy and that they were “for the purpose of partying.”

Walters was sentenced to 30 days in jail and was fined $135. Vondras was sentenced to 15 days in jail and was fined $50.

Both men were given credit for four days served and were also sentenced to five years of supervised probation.