Man pleads guilty to meth possession

Published 7:29 am Monday, January 22, 2018

Matthew Carl Maxim Koch, 25, of Austin pleaded guilty to felony third-degree possession of 10 grams or more of a narcotic drug other than heroin as part of a plea agreement on Friday in Mower County District Court. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charge on Nov. 30.

Matthew Carl Maxim Koch, 25

A charge of felony violent felon in possession of a stun gun will be dropped at the sentencing.

An officer stopped a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica at 7:13 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the 500 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast because there was a search warrant out on the vehicle. The officer made the driver, Koch, exit the vehicle and handcuffed him.

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A canine sniffed the car and alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers searched the car and found approximately 38.27 grams of methamphetamine in a back seat cup holder.

A review of Koch’s criminal history shows prior conviction of felony drug possession and check forgery.

A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.