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Published April 17, 2014, 08:41 AM

MSUM music student accused of dealing marijuana on his way from orchestra recital

FARGO – It’s the kind of arrangement police frown on.

By: Emily Welker, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO – It’s the kind of arrangement police frown on.

A Minnesota State University Moorhead music student was arrested Thursday when police pulled him over after he left a recital and headed to West Fargo on his way to orchestrate a marijuana deal.

According to criminal charges filed Friday in Cass County District Court, West Fargo police Officer Ryan Denis pulled over Clyde David Schuman, 20, of Moorhead about 9:29 p.m. last Thursday in the 100 block of Ninth Street East for driving with a burned-out driver’s side taillight.

As he approached the car, Denis smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and asked Schuman where he had been. Schuman said he was coming from an orchestra recital.

Denis told Schuman he was going to search the car, and Schuman objected. Denis said he didn’t need Schuman’s consent because the smell of pot was so strong. Schuman then handed over a metal marijuana grinder, a police report says.

During his search of the vehicle, Denis reportedly found a green duffle bag, four Mason jars, two of which were filled with marijuana, a scale, 17 marijuana pipes with drug residue, rolling papers, plastic baggies with marijuana and without, a glass bong, five Mason jars with marijuana residue and a gas mask. The report says Schuman told the officer he tried to hook up the gas mask to different bongs in order to smoke marijuana.

The items were taken into police custody, along with Schuman’s viola. Schuman was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Schuman told Denis the marijuana was for his own personal use.

Schuman was charged with one count of Class B felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and possession of marijuana by a driver and possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class A misdemeanors.

His bail was set at $5,000, and his next court appearance is set for May 14.

Schuman declined to comment for this story.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541