Seatbelt traffic stop yields drug bust in Faribault 19 Oct 11

Photo courtesy of Faribault Daily News

A Northfield man, pulled over on Monday for not wearing a seatbelt, now finds himself facing felony drug charges.

Jason J. Kvestad, 23, is facing felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell, felony possession of marijuana and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kvestad was pulled over by Northfield police, who suspected he was not wearing his seat belt. When an officer approached Kvestad’s vehicle, he detected an odor of marijuana.

Kvestad said since he was probably going to jail anyway, he would show officers where the rest of the marijuana was. He told officers he had marijuana in a backpack in the trunk, and said he purchased a greater quantity about six months ago but doesn’t sell it.

Police found a total of 150 grams of pot and $2,883.12 on Kvestad, which he said was his life savings.

Kvestad was released from the Rice County Jail yesterday and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 1. If convicted of the most serious charge against him, Kvestad faces up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.