Daymond Benford, Minot, charged with intent to deliver methamphetamine

Daymond Leon Benford, 20, Minot, is charged in district court in Ward County with Class A felony intent to deliver over four pounds of methamphetamine on Monday.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Benford allegedly mailed himself four pounds of methamphetamine from Los Angeles, Calif. The package was supposed to be delivered to 1725 2nd Avenue SW, No. 219. It was addressed to someone else, but police believe Benford used a fictitious name. An investigation showed that Benford had flown from Los Angeles to Minot on Monday.

He made an initial appearance on the charge on Thursday before Judge Richard Hagar, who followed the prosecutor’s request and set bond at $20,000 cash or corporate surety. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6. Prosecutor Breezy Schmidt told the judge that there is a current problem in the area with large amounts of drugs being mailed to area addresses.

According to the affidavit, the UPS Office contacted law enforcement about a suspicious package. The Ward County Narcotics Task Force obtained a search warrant for Benford’s address and arranged for a package with a “representative amount” of meth to be delivered to Benford, which he accepted. Benford was then placed under arrest. The apartment was searched and turned up the contents of the package.


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