Inver Grove Heights Man Charged with Cocaine Possession
A man from Inver Grove heights is facing drug charges after police state they found a large amount of cocaine in his Pocket.
Joseph Scott Welch, 21, is charged with drug possession in the second-degree, which is a felony that has a $500,000 fine and 25 years in prison.
The arrest came after South St. Paul police received a call about a suspicious vehicle on December 2 around 7 p.m. on 8th Avenue South, according to the complaint. When the officer arrived, there were three people in the vehicle. These individuals, in addition to Welch, included an unnamed driver and another passenger. There was also a small child asleep in the back seat of the car.
As the officer approached the car, she noticed that Welch and the driver slid down in their seats. When the officer made it to the car, Welch rolled down the window and the officer could smell marijuana. As the officer noticed Welch reaching between the door and his right leg, the officer told him to stop, asked him for ID, and that is when Welch identified himself with false information.
The complaint further states that Welch tried to reach down between the door and his leg again and that’s when the officer told him to get out of the car, handcuffed him, and put him in the back of the police cruiser. He admitted that he had given her wrong identifying information because he had outstanding warrants. It is when the officer took Welch out of the back seat of her car for another officer to take him to jail, that’s when a baggie containing 9.4 grams cocaine in his pocket.
Welch has been released from jail on bond and his future court appearances are pending.
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