Rochester man charged with cocaine possession

Published 7:01 am Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Leonard Demetrius Moss, 33, of Rochester was charged with felony second-degree drugs – possess 25 grams or more of cocaine or methamphetamine – on Monday in Mower County District Court.

According to the court complaint, a Mower County Deputy was notified early Friday morning that a 2005 Dodge Durango had nearly sideswiped another vehicle and was crossing the fog line and center line on westbound Interstate 90. The deputy spotted the vehicle near mile marker 187 and initiated a traffic stop after observing it cross the fog line and center line. He also noticed the tail light was not working and that the front seat passenger was making furtive movements as the vehicle came to a stop.

Leonard Demetrius Moss, 33

Another deputy arrived on scene and the deputies made contact with the occupants of the Dodge. The driver was identified as Ronald Alan Young, 35. Moss was identified as the front seat passenger and the back seat passenger was identified as Deon Andre Tihre Elmo Pendelton, 34.

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A deputy informed Young as to the reason of the stop; Young denied driving poorly. The deputy noticed Young’s pupils were dilated and that he had watery eyes, droopy eyelids, slurred speech and smelled of marijuana. After Young performed five field sobriety tests, three of which he failed, the deputy asked about the marijuana smell. Young told the deputy the passengers had been smoking marijuana and gave consent to search his vehicle.

The deputy asked Moss if he had marijuana. Moss said he did and handed the deputy a bag of marijuana from his backpack. The deputy then asked Pendelton if he had marijuana and Pendelton handed him a small bag.

Another deputy arrived on scene and stood at the rear of the vehicle with the three occupants while the other two deputies searched the vehicle.  A small amount of marijuana was located in a cigarette pack in the rear door handle on the driver’s side while about 30 grams of cocaine were located in Moss’s backpack.

When asked about the items found in the vehicle, Young denied knowing about the contents of Moss’s backpack or about the drugs in the Dodge.

Moss told the deputy he had about 10 grams of marijuana and some erection pills in his backpack, but denied having anything else. When asked about the cocaine, he denied ownership and indicated it might belong to Pendelton.

Moss was placed under arrest for the alleged cocaine possession and Young was arrested for allegedly driving while impaired. Pendelton was also taken into custody on an arrest warrant.

A review of Moss’s criminal record shows prior convictions for drug sales.

Moss will appear in court again on April 27.