On Friday, July 12, deputies with the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department pulled over a vehicle, driven by Brandon Lee Cunningham, 21, of Foley, for speeding approximately 90 mph in a 65 mph zone on Hwy. 23 near 700th Street in Mille Lacs County. In the course of this traffic stop, the suspect was found to have substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine on his person.
According to the complaint:
Cunningham was spotted by deputies speeding, and after he was stopped and identified, he was reportedly nervous and answered questions nonsensically, stating he was both coming from and headed to St. Cloud. He admitted to recent use of cocaine and marijuana. The deputies confirmed that Cunningham’s license was revoked and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Observing a large knife in his pants pocket, the deputies asked Cunningham to remove it and advised that Cunningham would be frisked for further weapons. Upon hearing this, Cunningham emptied his pockets, which contained a plastic baggie holding a crystalline substance and a meth pipe. Cunningham identified the substance as fentanyl.
The substance field tested positive as 1 gram of methamphetamine. Cunningham expressed surprise at this, stating he had believed it to be “cocaine fentanyl.” He was placed under arrest.
Cunningham has been charged with one felony count of fifth-degree drug possession, which carries 5 years in prison or a $10,000 fine.