Dinkytown duo busted drinking beers in Burger King drive-thru with pot, shrooms in banjo case

Categories: Crime, Drugs
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Darwin Seeger (left) and James Brennan.
Hours after leaving Dinkytown on Saturday and heading up north, 27-year-old Darwin Seeger and 20-year-old James Brennan were busted in the parking lot of a Bemidji Burger King with beers, pot, mushrooms, and a scale. Their drug-related stuff along with more than $800 in cash were tucked into a banjo case, police say.

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Officers were called to the scene around 11 p.m. after a BK employee noticed the two drinking beers in a Geo Tracker.

To be specific, Seeger and Brennan were found with more than 400 grams of marijuana (a little less than a pound) and 30 grams of magic mushrooms. Police say the packaging of the drugs and the presence of the scale were "consistent with drug trafficking."

The Bemidji Pioneer provides more details:
When police arrived, Seeger, in order to search for his driver's license, handed his beer to an officer with the Bemidji Police Department, the complaint stated. Police said Brennan was also drinking beer. When the officer told Seeger it was illegal to drink and drive, he "appeared surprised," according to the complaint. Seeger then gave permission for a search of the car...

Seeger told police he and Brennan left Dinkytown, a neighborhood near the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus, sometime Saturday, and that the pair had "come across" the marijuana.

Brennan denied any knowledge of the drugs' presence in the banjo case, and officials at the Beltrami County Jail found a vial containing a small amount of pot in his clothing. He told police he didn't know how the vial, scale or a marijuana smoking pipe ended up in his pockets.
Seeger and Brennan have both been charged with fifth-degree drug possession and could spend up to five years in prison. After being charged, they paid enough of their bail to be released from custody.

Bummer, dudes.

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34 comments
mohanlon3
mohanlon3

One, Bemidji is a bad place to go do illegal stuff, it's a small town, and folks do call the police there.  Lots of fights start in the parking lots of BK and Hardees (Moreso Hardees) and the employees will call the cops if they see you drinking in the lot there.  Even LOOKING like a long hair in that town while in possession is really dumb.  Don't go to Bemidji to do crime.  Lastly, the cops in Bemidji have been framing hippies for 30 years now, even if these guys had hello kitty dolls in that banjo case, once you look weird in Bemidji, there's a good chance you are going to get framed and busted regardless.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Cool name, and double to the banjo case. 

Derek McMorrow
Derek McMorrow

of course they will post bail. cause fuck the law.

Leslie Brom
Leslie Brom

Hahaha! You're under arrest Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs!!!!

Nick Nelson
Nick Nelson

I once got busy in a Burger King drive through

theoko
theoko

They're cute, they're stupid, and they have a lot of drugs.  I could have tons of fun with these boys.

TC4L
TC4L

Never understood why one would call the police because a couple guys are drinking a beer in the car.  Big deal.  Now if they seemed drunk then yes.  But that doesn't seem to be the case.  Then cops search you. Then arrest you.  "Consistent with drug trafficking." 
Sounds like a fun weekend up north to me.  Not criminal drug trafficking.  Less than a pound. 30 grams of shrooms.  That's nothing if they were meeting with a small group at a cabin.  I hope they get off.  That BK employee is jealous they were in a hot fast food kitchen in the summer while a couple buddies were enjoying life.

Erin Burckhard
Erin Burckhard

Lmao @ the "looked surprised" part about drinking and driving.... this whole story is just effin hilarious :-D

Sam Danger
Sam Danger

Wow... Glad the MPD took care of these "dangerous" criminals.

dave256
dave256

I hope they get off on a technicality.  

Darin Back
Darin Back

Good for them, nothing like some shrooms to make all the difference!

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Jail will make them much better criminals.

Onan
Onan

"in banjo case."

A fact that really makes this story great.

Courtney McClean
Courtney McClean

If it was my banjo case, there wouldn't be shrooms in it. They would be in my belly.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

At least they weren't out shooting random people because they were bored.

Miguel Amaru-Bobadilla
Miguel Amaru-Bobadilla

just a regular Saturday night in DinkyTown. good to hear that an accident was prevented.

Hans Dykema
Hans Dykema

What a tragic waste... of good drugs.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

@Jessica Ruth All you had to do was read the first sentence....

ellie.manuel
ellie.manuel

@TC4L I think everyone is up for enjoying life, but we're taught from a very early age (especially in the city) that drinking and driving is against the law.. No one is "surprised" its against the law to have an open beer in the car.. 

Unless they sampled the wares on the way up which I could totally understand given this whole story. Either way, if you're going to do currently illegal things in a state- a county!- where they'll land you in jail, wouldn't you be a bit more discreet? A fun weekend up north, IMO, wouldn't end on the way up. 

They sound like idiots, and if their "small group" was waiting for them, I'd suggest trolling back on down to the cities to find a better connect who won't drink beer while transporting the goods in a town thick with police. 

Frank
Frank

@Sam Danger Um, MPD?  Try reading the article.

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