John Patrick Rowen, 55, Little Falls, has been charged with one felony county of first degree possession of 25 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.
On Sept. 14, a Little Falls police officer and an investigator for the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force were performing an investigation in the city. The officer saw Rowen, who he knew was on probation, and made the decision to perform a random search and drug test as requested by the probation agent.
The police officer observed Rowen enter a vehicle driven by someone he knew did not have a driver’s license. The two officers followed the suspect vehicle, then turned on the emergency lights. The vehicle initially would not stop.
The vehicle eventually stopped. Rowen allegedly acknowledged he possessed illegal drugs and admitted the backpack inside the vehicle belonged to him. Inside the backpack were a digital scale, butane torches, several baggies, a glass pipe with residue and a straw. Rowen also allegedly admitted a bag under a seat also belonged to him.
According to the criminal complaint, the baggie was half full of a crystal substance which appeared to be methamphetamine. It later weighed in at 48 grams.
Rowen was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine.
If convicted, Rowen faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine.