MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An Owatonna man surprised officers at the Rice County Jail Wednesday morning during a strip search.
The Rice County Attorney’s Office says Faribault police officers were called to a Days Inn just after 3 a.m. Employees notified police that a smoke alarm in one of the rooms had been triggered several times.READ MORE: Wife Of Hockey Ref, Who Died From COVID, Thinks He Contracted It During Carver Co. Games
Officers discovered that the man who rented the room, 21-year-old Joshua Patrick Kempe, had a warrant out for his arrest. Kempe was arrested without incident, and other people with him in the room were asked to leave the premises.READ MORE: Court Hears Motions In Derek Chauvin Trial; Jury Selection Paused For At Least A Day
Soon after arriving at Rice County Jail, Kempe was informed that a strip search was needed. Officers say Kempe was “nervous” and “fidgety,” and refused to take off his underwear.
Kempe eventually reached into the back of his underwear and pulled out a small plastic bag filled with 15 grams of meth.MORE NEWS: 'Summer During Winter': Minnesotans Enjoy Unseasonable Temps On #Top10WxDay
He faces one count of second-degree drug possession and a count of introducing contraband into jail. He could face up to 26 years in jail if convicted.