Drugs discovered during traffic stop
By Jamie Lund on Sep 5, 2016 at 3:34 p.m.
A St. Paul man was found with a large amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop last month.
Steven Imre Veres, 42, was charged with first-degree felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor driving after revocation and petty misdemeanor possession or use of drug paraphernalia in Sixth District Carlton County Court Aug. 24.
According to the criminal complaint:
Veres was arrested at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, after a Carlton County deputy recognized him driving and knew his driver’s license had been revoked in Minnesota.
The deputy arrested Veres at the scene for driving after revocation after verifying his identity and because Veres had a history of failing to appear at scheduled court hearings.
The vehicle was towed after it was discovered that Veres’ passenger also did not have a valid driver’s license and the car was not in a safe location.
According to the criminal complaint, during a routine inventory before the tow was completed, the deputy found the defendant to be in possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The field weight was about four ounces of methamphetamine, or a little more than 10 grams. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.
Veres was also found to be in possession of a large amount of drug paraphernalia near the methamphetamine along with cash.
According to his criminal history report, Veres has a long history of traffic violations from driving while intoxicated to driving after having his licensed revoked. He had prior fifth degree drug possession convictions in 2003 and 2006 in other counties.
Bail for Veres was set at $10,000 and his next court appearance is set for Sept. 14. If convicted, the maximum sentence carries 30 years and or a fine of $ 1 million dollars for a first violation.