Search turns up drugs in Austin home

Published 10:07 am Friday, June 27, 2008

An 18-year-old Austin man recently convicted for marijuana possession was arrested Tuesday following a search warrant of his home, where police found a small amount of cocaine and about three dozen Ecstasy pills.

Jacob Michael Storlie has been charged with one count of second-degree drug crime and two counts third-degree drug crime after Austin police entered and searched his Fourth Avenue Southwest home around 10:20 p.m.

The criminal complaint said Storlie wasn’t home at the time, though was taken into custody after he was spotted by a police officer in a nearby vehicle on 500 block of 10th Avenue Southwest.

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According to the complaint, police breached the door of Storlie’s home, located one block from Galloway Park, after knocking several times with no response. No one was found inside during the search, which allegedly yielded 3 grams of cocaine and 33 pills suspected to be Ecstasy.

When Storlie was arrested by police, he said the cocaine was for personal use and the Ecstasy for sale, according to Austin Police Chief Paul Philipp. Storlie was charged this winter with fifth-degree drug crime following an early morning traffic stop Feb. 6, when a plastic bag filled with 415 grams of marijuana fell from his person after he’d exited the car, according to the complaint. He pleaded guilty May 30, and is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 19.

Storlie has several other misdemeanor convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia and small amounts of marijuana. His bail was set at $100,000 Thursday. His next court appearance is July 10.