Man charged with intent to deal heroin

A 26-year-old Minot man is accused of intending to deal heroin after the car he was in was stopped near Berthold Wednesday.

Stephen Brown II is charged with Class B felony possession of heroin with intent to deliver in district court in Minot. He made an initial appearance before Judge Todd Cresap on Thursday. Cresap set bond at $1,500 cash or corporate surety and ordered Brown to participate in drug testing while he is out on bond.

Brown allegedly skipped out on a May 2015 hearing on a 2014 aggravated assault charge. Brown, who was 22 at the time, was accused of hitting a 17-year-old girl in the face and knocking her unconscious after he found a picture of another man on her cell phone, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court in that case. He also allegedly broke her cell phone and gave police a fake name when they spoke with him. He denied hitting the girl.

A bench warrant had been issued for his arrest at the time of the missed court appearance. Brown had been charged with Class C felony aggravated assault, Class C felony interference with a telephone during an emergency call, and lying to police, a Class A misdemeanor, in relation to a Jan. 17, 2014 incident. The case had been scheduled for trial in the spring of 2015 but the trial was canceled.

The bench warrant in that case was served after Berthold Police Chief Al Schmidt stopped Brown’s car on Wednesday. According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Schmidt observed a vehicle with illegally tinted windows heading east on U.S. Highway 2. Schmidt observed the car turn into the Cenex Station and park illegally there and then drive off. Schmidt followed the vehicle and stopped them for tinted windows and parking illegally. Brown was a passenger in the car, lying down in the back seat. The driver, Erick Cunningham, did not have a valid driver’s license. Schmidt wrote that he could smell marijuana coming from Cunningham and another passenger, Claude Rattray, while they were in the back of his squad car. Rattray told the officers there was marijuana in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Officers located the marijuana and a a scale in the vehicle. Schmidt wrote that Cunningham, Rattray and Brown were all cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Officers released Cunningham and Rattray and took Brown into custody on the outstanding warrant. At the Ward County Jail, there was a search and officers found baggies of heroin and two individually wrapped baggies of marijuana in a jacket, along with $1,000. The heroin was in a jacket under coveralls and a large over jacket. Brown denied that the jacket belonged to him. In court on Thursday, Brown also told Judge Cresap that he does not understand the charge of intent to deal heroin.