Welcome man facing felony

FAIRMONT — A Welcome man is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Gavin Edgar Flohre, 32, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Feb. 27, a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy was parked along a closed street when another vehicle approached. The deputy got out of his vehicle to let the driver know the road was closed. The deputy recognized Flohre and was aware he had warrants out for his arrest.

The deputy advised Flohre he was under arrest. Flohre reached down between the driver’s seat and the driver’s door before putting the vehicle in park and exiting the vehicle.

Outside the vehicle, the deputy observed that Flohre was holding something small in his right hand. When asked what the item was, Flohre moved his hand out of sight and then returned it open, saying he did not have anything. The deputy looked down and saw a small plastic baggie containing a white crystal substance.

Flohre claimed the baggie was not his. Flohre was placed in handcuffs and searched. The deputy discovered a glass pipe commonly used to ingest meth.

Flohre was transported to the Martin County jail and searched again, where jail staff discovered a cigarette package containing marijuana.

The white crystal substance and the glass pipe tested positive for the presence of meth.