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Suspect Accused of Meth Possession During Pedestrian Check

A Riverside County woman is facing several charges after she was subjected to a pedestrian check which allegedly produced 14-grams of methamphetamine that the authorities believed she planned to distribute to others.

Just before 5:00 on December 4, La Quinta Special Enforcement Team deputies believed they had reason to perform a “pedestrian check” on a woman walking down a street in La Quinta, California.

After approaching her, and while interacting with the woman, identified as 29-year-old Naicia Welch from La Quinta, the law enforcement agents allegedly discovered that she was holding a substance that they believed was methamphetamine.

The amount of the substance was reported as approximately a quarter-ounce, and the authorities purported that Welch had intentions of selling the 14-grams of purported illegal drugs to others.

Officers with the La Quinta Police Department placed Welch under arrest, and she is facing charges for allegedly possessing under one ounce of narcotics for sale, a felony, in addition to a misdemeanor for possessing unlawful paraphernalia. A misdemeanor charge for violation of probation was added when it was discovered that Welch is currently on probation from a previous conviction. Her bail was set at $30,000.

According to online jail records, Welch is still being held in the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.

She is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment at the Indio Larson Justice Center on the morning of December 6.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a drug crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.