One of two men allegedly found shooting up heroin in a parking lot in Eagan faces a felony drug charge in connection with the incident.
Red Wing resident Justin Allen Cody, 21, was charged with one fifth-degree count of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted Cody could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
On May 28, an Eagan police officer noticed a car parked near a business complex that was closed at the time, according to a criminal complaint filed on Dec. 21 by the Dakota County Attorney's Office.
The officer approached the vehicle, and observed a man with "glazed over" eyes sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle. When asked what they were doing in that location, the passenger began fumbling with his words and speaking slowly, according to the police.
The officer identified the driver as Cody. While he was processing Cody's driver's license, the officer noticed the passenger reaching toward his feet and moving around inside the vehicle.
At that point, a second officer arrived on the scene, and police asked both men to exit the vehicle. Police allegedly noticed the smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, and proceeded to search the car.
The officers allegedly found two baggies with a white powdery residue on them and two syringes. After finding the items, the officer asked Cody to show him his arms, and noticed what appeared to be needle marks on Cody's skin, according to the complaint.
One of the syringes and the powdery residue in a single baggie both subsequently tested positive for heroin, according to police.