Duluth man charged with meth possessionJohn William Parzych, 34, was charged with second-degree drug possession, driving after cancellation and no proof of insurance in Carlton County Court on Aug. 8.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Duluth man was charged with felony drug possession after a traffic stop in Carlton County earlier this month.
John William Parzych, 34, was charged with second-degree drug possession, driving after cancellation and no proof of insurance in Carlton County Court on Aug. 8.
According to the criminal complaint:
At approximately 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, Fond du Lac Police Officer Ray Couture observed a vehicle exiting southbound Interstate 35 onto Highway 210 which failed to stop at the stop sign at the bottom of the ramp.
Officer Couture stopped the vehicle in the Black Bear Casino parking lot. As he spoke with the driver — identified as Parzych — about the reason for the stop, he observed “several indicators of illegal activity.” After Parzych admitted he did not have a driver’s license and could not provide proof of insurance for the vehicle he was driving, Couture ran the defendant’s name through the Department of Public Safety records system and learned that Parzych’s license was cancelled and there were active warrants for his arrest.
Couture took Parzych into custody. When assistance arrived, Sgt. Casey Rennquist walked his trained narcotics K9 around the vehicle. The dog alerted positively for the presence of a controlled substance, so the officers conducted a search of the vehicle. They found a black sunglass/coin purse allegedly containing 9.5 grams of methamphetamine sitting near the driver’s seat on the center console.
The meth was seized and sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for official weight and analysis.
Bail for Parzych was set at $800 cash. His next appearance is Sept. 9.