WILLMAR — A Willmar man is in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail after his arrest earlier this month with nearly one pound of methamphetamine in his backpack.

Ozornia made his first appearance last week in Kandiyohi County District Court on two charges of first-degree drug possession.

One charge is for possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with a prior drug possession conviction. The other charge is for possession of more than 100 grams of methamphetamine.

Ozornia’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 24. He is being held on $250,000 bail for unconditional release.

Ozornia was arrested Feb. 9 when CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force agents arrested him on a warrant. After he was arrested, a cigarette box in his pocket was found to contain a plastic bag with 11.6 grams of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court records. He was also carrying a large amount of cash.

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The residents of the house where he was arrested agreed to allow law enforcement to continue searching the home.

In a backpack that officers had seen Ozornia carrying earlier they found a vacuum-sealed bag with a large amount of a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. The weight was 440.5 grams, a few grams short of one pound, according to the criminal complaint.

The home’s residents told authorities that Ozornia had brought the backpack with him when he arrived.

Ozornia’s criminal record includes a drug sale conviction in 2010 and a drug possession conviction in 2016.

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