Man jailed after police find plate with cocaine

Published 11:19 am Friday, February 24, 2012

An Austin man is in jail after officers allegedly found cocaine and drug-related paraphernalia in his home Thursday.

Michael Rand, 57, was arrested for fifth-degree controlled substance violation after officers went to his home at the 800 block of 10th Avenue SW, according to Police Captain Dave McKichan.

Officers asked Rand if another man they were looking for was at the residence just after midnight Thursday. Rand allegedly told police they could search his home. While inside, officers noticed a blue scale, which Rand allegedly said was used for weighing marijuana.

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Officers heard a noise coming from the basement and Rand told them they could search the basement. In the basement, officers found a meth pipe and a dinner plate with a substance that later tested positive for cocaine, McKichan said.

Rand was arrested and taken to Mower County jail pending charges.