BROOKINGS, S.D. (KELO) — A Minnesota man is behind bars in connection with a drug bust in Brookings.

Verran Zani Burdunice
Verran Zani Burdunice

Police say on Wednesday, officers stopped a vehicle along I-29.

That’s where authorities say they found meth, cocaine and heroin. Officers say there was also a two-year-old child in the vehicle.

59-year-old Verran Burdunice was arrested on several drug charges.

“I was working in operation with Brookings investigators and South Dakota DCI, where they used a confidential informant to purchase crack cocaine at one of our local gas stations,” Police Officer Seth Bonnema said.

Authorities stopped Burdunice on 1-29 and Officer Bonnema had his drug dog Gina search the SUV.

“I walked my dog around the exterior of the vehicle, and she gave a positive indication for a drug odor,” Officer Bonnema said.

Brookings police say they seized around 150 grams of meth, 100 grams of crack cocaine, over a gram of heroin as well as $2,000 cash. The child in the car has been turned over to DSS.

“Being a father, it made it a lot more important to me to get him off the road. So that boy didn’t have to be around that,” Bonnema said.

States Attorney for Brookings County Dan Nelson says this is an unusual case to see for Brookings. He also says that meth numbers and meth cases are down in Brookings due to the fact that Brookings PD is now targeting drug mules and drug dealers.

Burdunice made his first court appearance this afternoon. He is in custody at the Brookings county jail. His bond has been set at $25,000 cash only.