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Farmington man charged with drug possession

A Farmington man has been charged with possession of a controlled substance as well as failure to produce proof of insurance for his vehicle.

On Jan. 17 around 9:44 p.m., police pulled over Joshua Lee Roder, 20, in Farmington after an officer saw him swerving on Highway 3.

According to a criminal complaint, the officer spoke to Roder, and observed that the vehicle smelled of marijuana. There was also a passenger in the car. Roder told the officer he had insurance on the vehicle, but he had just received the proof and had yet to put it in his car. He also said he has been through many insurance companies, and therefore couldn't remember the name of his current one.

The officer looked around the vehicle and observed two plastic bags near the center console, one plain and one labelled "Fusion." He asked the two occupants of the vehicle to exit so he could search it. The officer saw the defendant grab the two bags from the car and put them in his pocket as he got out.

The officer asked the two if they had anything illegal in the car or on them, and Roder said, "The only thing I can think of is the 'Fusion'." Roder gave the bag of "Fusion" to the officer, and said that it was "the synthetic stuff." He said he did not know that it was illegal, and he hadn't smoked it since it became illegal. The officer then searched Roder, and Roder dropped a plastic bag on the ground that was in his pocket. The officer asked Roder what it was and he said he didn't know.

The Dakota County Drug Task Force did a preliminary test on the drugs. One bag tested positive for the presence of synthetic cannabis and one tested positive for methamphetamine.

Roder could face up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines for possession. He could also face up to 90 days in prison and up to $1,000 in fines for failure to provide proof of insurance.