A Duluth man was arrested outside Black Bear Casino in Carlton after a traffic stop revealed a large amount of drugs hidden in the vehicle.
Brandon Chad Baumann, 35, of Duluth, was taken into custody Friday, Jan. 1, and charged with two counts of first degree drug possession after a search of the vehicle he was riding in found more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine.
According to the criminal complaint, a Carlton County sheriff’s deputy tried to follow the vehicle Baumann was riding in after observing its driving conduct, but could not because of traffic. The officer alerted other agencies about the vehicle, and a Fond du Lac Tribal Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop after the vehicle failed to signal when it pulled into Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton.
The responding officers noticed “furtive movement” in the vehicle toward the center console during the stop, the complaint said. The officers saw a “socket’ in the center console that appeared to have been used to smoke a controlled substance, according to the complaint. The deputy saw Baumann move a jacket in his lap and then the socket was gone. Baumann was also seen attempting to conceal a bag at his feet.
The driver, Trevor Berg, 44, of Cloquet, exited the vehicle and appeared to be manipulating his pants at his waistline. The officer conducted a search and found a small package that tested positive for methamphetamine. Berg was arrested and charged third degree drug possession.
The officers subsequently searched the vehicle. The bag at Baumann’s feet contained seven packages with more than 3 pounds of meth, the complaint said. They also found a digital scale and more than $6,000 in cash in Baumann's possession.
Furthermore, the officers found 32 dosage units of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.
Based on the cash, the amount of methamphetamine packaging methods utilized and the presence of a scale, the complaint alleged “the methamphetamine at Baumann’s feet was possessed with the intent to sell.”
If convicted, Baumann faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both. Berg faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail, a $250,000 fine or both.
Both men are scheduled to make initial appearances Monday, Jan. 11.