Drug Charge for Rochester Man Accused of Leaving Meth in Squad Car
That’s according to a criminal complaint filed in Olmsted County Court on Tuesday. The incident started with a traffic stop along 11th Ave. Northwest around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The complaint says a Rochester Police Officer spotted 51-year-old Mario Ramirez driving with a suspended license. The officer saw signs of drug use inside of the vehicle and searched it after Ramirez admitted to using meth earlier this month.
The vehicle search, which happened while Ramirez was sitting in the squad car, led to the discovery of 2.8 grams of meth. The officer agreed to release Ramirez and have him charged in connection to the drug seizure and suspended license at a later time, the court document says.
A few hours after the traffic stop, officers discovered a baggie containing 23.3 grams of suspected meth in the back of the squad car Ramirez was in during the vehicle search. Camera footage from the squad showed Ramirez removing the package from his pants, according to the complaint.
Police found Ramirez and took him into custody for a second time. Ramirez admitted the meth belonged to him and that he had it shoved in his waistband during the traffic stop, the complaint says.
Ramirez has been charged with a count of second-degree drug possession. He was released without bail but with conditions and is due back in court later this month.
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