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Two face drug charges following searches

Two Rosemount men face felony drug charges after separate but remarkably similar incidents in which police searches turned up evidence both had used drugs in the homes where they lived with their young children.

Rosemount police, Dakota County Drug Task Force agents and child protection workers searched the home of 39-year-old Joel Lee Zocher on June 30 and the home of 36-year-old Chad Timothy Bernier on July 7.

According to complaints filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office both Zocher, who lives with his four children, and Bernier, who lives with two young children, admitted smoking marijuana. Zocher also admitted taking Adderall, but Benier at first reportedly told police only he didn't know what else a drug test might find in his system. He admitted using methamphetamine in the past four or five days after police found a baggie in his bedroom that contained a residue of the drug.

Zocher reportedly agreed to show police the places where drugs were hidden in his home. Police found marijuana and pipes for smoking the drug in several places around the house. They also found a pipe that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Bernier could spend up to five years in jail and pay as much as $10,000 in fines if he is convicted on a fifth-degree controlled substance charge. Zocher, who was convicted of a fifth-degree drug offense in November of 2004, could face double the penalties. Each also could be fined as much as $300 on a petty misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Minneapolis man charged with check forgery

The Dakota County Attorney's office has filed felony forgery charges against a 41-year-old Minneapolis man who tried to pass a bad check at a Rosemount bank.

The bank manager told police Aug. 25 that Anthony Abraham Medlock tried to open a new account using a false social security number. He also attempted to cash a check.

According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Medlock denied trying to open a bank account but gave police three different social security numbers during the conversation.

Police also found the $900 check Medlock tried to cash. They later learned the account on which the check was written was closed and a search for the name on the account returned a photo of Medlock.

If convicted on felony charges of offering a forged check Medlock could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.