Kristina N. Christian, 35, and Sean E. Walley, 38, both of Victorville, Calif. face charges of felony second-degree sale of 10 kilos or more of marijuana or Tetrahydrocannabinols within a 90-day period and felony third-degree possession of 10 kilos or more of a marijuana mixture. Walley’s charges are aiding and abetting.
According to the criminal complaint, a Nobles County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over the duo’s vehicle after midnight Thursday for speeding and other traffic/equipment violations. Christian — the vehicle’s driver — allegedly exhibited signs of nervousness and told the deputy she was traveling from California to Minnesota for a wedding, the complaint details.
Christian initially granted consent to search the vehicle, but rescinded after the deputy began to search the trunk area, the complaint stated.
The deputy’s K-9 performed an exterior sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of an illegal substance. Prior to the deputy continuing the vehicle’s search, Christian stated there was marijuana in the trunk, the complaint continues.
The alleged 28 pounds of marijuana discovered was from a dispensary in California that Christian was to deliver to Minnesota while bringing the money to her boss.
Walley, the vehicle’s passenger, allegedly told law enforcement the vehicle belonged to him and was under the impression he was traveling to Minnesota for a wedding.
According to the complaint, electronic communications indicate that Walley knew he wasn’t traveling to Minnesota for a wedding and that he had recently performed an online search for smell-proof duffle bags.
Christian’s bond was set at $30,000 with conditions or $60,000 without. A felony second-degree sale conviction, the more serious of the two offenses, is punishable up to 25 years imprisonment, a $500,000 fine or both.
Walley’s bail was set at $20,000 with conditions or $60,000 without.
The duo’s initial appearance has been scheduled