Bemidji man out of custody with court cases pending in drug trafficking case

Updated Monday, April 27

A Bemidji man facing charges of first degree drug possession and a firearm offense is out of custody on two non-cash bails for crimes committed earlier this year in both Beltrami and Hubbard Counties.

According to the criminal complaints, 49-year-old Trent Michael Holden was under investigation by the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force for some time.

Holden was arrested on February 16, and officers seized over one pound of methamphetamine, almost $35,000 in cash and a firearm in Park Rapids. Holden posted the $40,000 bail set by the court within two days of arraignment.

On March 27, agents were conducting investigation into the continued trafficking in Northern Minnesota and stopped Holden on South Movil Lake Road. Over five pounds of meth with a street value of $100,000 was seized. Holden also had $4,000 cash, 21 pills of ecstasy and a 9 millimeter handgun in his possession.

Holden has previous convictions in the state that include drug trafficking and illegal possession of firearms.

Holden appeared in Beltrami County court March 30 and unconditional bail was set at $500,000. He’s scheduled to appear for the Hubbard County offense May 11. Court proceedings for Holden in Beltrami County are pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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