Two traffic stops turn into two drug arrests

Two traffic stops in Dunn County turned into arrests by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of drug possession over the past three weeks.

David Matthew Schart of Hazen and Joshua Zimney, address unavailable, were arrested in separate incidents and face drug-related charges.

The two incidents bring this year’s total of drug-related arrests to 11 for 2017, according to the Dunn County States Attorney’s Office. Last year, there were a total of 102 drug-related arrests, 53 of which were felonies.

Schart was arrested on March 9 on suspicion of a firearm possession; suspicion amphetamine-delivery/possession with intent; and suspicion of one ounce of marijuana. He was pulled over after being observed travelling at a speed above the 65-mph speed limit on Highway 200 east of Dunn Center.

Zimney was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. All are misdemeanors. He was pulled over for traveling 62 mph in a 55-mph zone while traveling north on Highway 22 near 1st St. SW.

Both were remanded to the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center in Dickinson. Schart is still in custody with a $100,000 bond while Zimney has bonded out, according to the States Attorney’s Office.

Schart’s preliminary hearing is set for April 20. Zimney will go to trial in June, according to the States Attorney’s Office.

According to the sheriff’s report, authorities discovered suspected marijuana, suspected methamphetamine and a scale during a search of Schart’s vehicle after authorities detected an odor of marijuana coming from the console. The items were field tested and came up positive, the report said. A hand gun was also discovered during the search.

A search warrant was obtained the next day for Schart’s car, the report said, and authorities found more Methamphetamine in a backpack that was located in the back seat of the vehicle.

After Zimney was pulled over, authorities noticed that his eyes were glassy and watery. The K-9 unit sniffed the exterior of Zimney’s vehicle and responded to a potential strike.

Authorities executed a sobriety test on Zimney and found suspected marijuana in his possession, according to the report. They also found suspected marijuana in the vehicle, the report said.

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