An incident near WE Fest Wednesday, July 31, led to two people being jailed on drug charges.
Lindsey JoAnn Stewart, 26, of Detroit Lakes was charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, and Jose Antonio Salinas, 21, of Perham, was charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer on foot.
According to court records, at 5 p.m. July 31, a state trooper stopped a vehicle for driving 48 mph in a 40 mph zone near County Road 22 and West Lake Drive. While speaking to the driver, the trooper said he smelled marijuana coming from the car, and saw green leafy material on the floor.
Salinas was sitting in the back seat, and he and Stewart, the front seat passenger, gave statements about where they had just been that contradicted the statement given by the driver, who is not named in the complaint.
According to court records, Stewart had a backpack between her legs and was allegedly making furtive movements with it. The trooper directed both passengers to get out of the vehicle, but both refused to exit, despite multiple commands. They eventually got out, but remained uncooperative. At one point, Stewart attempted to return to the backpack in the vehicle.
The trooper got his drug-sniffing dog, which “hit” on the backpack and sat on it, according to the complaint. Over 60 grams of marijuana were found in Stewart’s backpack, according to court records.
Salinas was told he could leave, but on his way he approached Stewart and received the white fanny pack she had been wearing. Other troopers saw the transaction and told him to stop. He fled on foot and was caught, but kept resisting until he was brought to the ground. According to court records, the fanny pack contained a pill bottle with a half-gram of meth inside.
Both Salinas and Stewart were arrested and taken to jail.
Stewart is also facing a felony charge of third-degree controlled substance crime from a Jan. 14 incident in which she allegedly sold 2.8 grams of meth for $200 to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
Both appeared in court Aug. 1 before District Judge James Dehn, who set cash bail for Stewart at $500 or bond at $5,000, with standard conditions, or bond at $15,000 without conditions.
Bail for Salinas was set at $200 or bond at $2,000, with standard conditions, or bond at $10,000 without conditions.