A Bemidji man arrested days before Christmas with a large quantity of narcotics wrapped in a present has now received a federal indictment.
Thirty-five-year-old Kenneth Triplett was stopped just south of town in late December while he was under investigation by the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force for narcotics trafficking.
Inside the present, officers found 18 pounds of methamphetamine and three ounces of cocaine.
A search of Triplett’s residence also discovered two firearms, which Triplett isn’t eligible to possess due to prior felony convictions in Michigan and Illinois.
The federal indictment charges Triplett with one count of possession with intent to distribute and one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. Triplett was ordered to remain in custody pending further court proceedings.