Orozco charged with possession of a controlled substance

Dennis John Orozco, 50, Little Falls, was charged Aug. 7 in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing legal process with force.

A Little Falls police officer responded to a residence on Fifth Street Northeast where he suspected Orozco, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, lived.

The officer knocked on the door and the person who answered told the officer Orozco was upstairs.

The officer knocked on Orozco’s door, identified himself and ordered him to come out. The officer heard scuffling inside, but no one came to the door.

When the officer tried to kick in the door, Orozco opened it. The officer allegedly noted he was sweating profusely and shaking.

Orozco was ordered to the ground, but he would not comply, according to the criminal complaint. The two scuffled and Orozco did not allow the officer to handcuff him.

After bumping into the side of the wall, the back of the door and the top of a chair, the officer was able to secure Orozco in handcuffs.

In the bedroom, the officer allegedly located two knives, a marijuana pipe and a large amount of cash. He also found two dirty hypodermic needles in a container which had contained methamphetamine. On the floor, the officer saw a bag of marijuana and a white bubble containing methamphetamine.

If convicted, Orozco faces 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.