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Man charged with second-degree meth possession

A Bemidji man was charged Thursday in Carlton County Court with second-degree drug possession, a crime that can carry a sentence of up to 25 years. Robert Louis Bellanger-Fohrenkam, 31, was charged with felony second-degree drug possession and dr...

Robert Louis Bellanger Fohrenkam

A Bemidji man was charged Thursday in Carlton County Court with second-degree drug possession, a crime that can carry a sentence of up to 25 years.

Robert Louis Bellanger-Fohrenkam, 31, was charged with felony second-degree drug possession and driving after revocation, a misdemeanor, when he made his initial appearance in court Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint:

Carlton County Deputy Tory Cawcutt conducted a traffic stop of a 1996 Cadillac driven by Bellanger-Fohrenkam in the parking lot of a local grocery store at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. When Cawcutt requested driving information, Bellanger-Fohrenkam admitted he did not have a driver’s license, just a Minnesota ID card. Cawcutt determined that Bellanger-Fohrenkam’s driving privileges had been revoked and he had a lengthy history of driving offenses and other criminal matters.

After observing controlled substance trafficking indicators, Cawcutt requested assistance and took Bellanger-Fohrenkam into custody for transport to the jail. Additionally, due to information he’d received from Cloquet police detectives, the deputy believed Bellanger-Fohrenkam and his passenger may have been involved in drug trafficking activities earlier that day.

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Trained narcotics K9 officer Raja walked around the Cadillac and gave a positive alert; however, officers did not find any controlled substances.

When Bellanger-Fohrenkam was transported to the jail in Carlton, before the booking process, he told officers that he had methamphetamine on his person and retrieved it voluntarily. The field weight of the drug was 14.4 grams. Second-degree drug possession applies to drugs with a total weight of six grams or more.

Bellanger-Fohrenkam has several driving after revocation violations on his record in multiple counties, including Beltrami, Mille Lacs, Anoka and St. Louis.

Bail for Bellanger-Fohrenkam was set at $35,000 with a $3,500 cash option. His next appearance is set for Aug. 8 in Carlton County Court. As of Wednesday morning, he was still in custody.

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