A Rochester man is facing felony charges after a traffic stop over license plate lights resulted in the discovery of more than 15 grams of methamphetamine.

Brian Lee Julius Murdock, 26, appeared in Olmsted County District Court Monday morning on felony charges of second-degree controlled substance crime and third-degree controlled substance crime.

A Rochester police officer on patrol stopped Murdock around 11:45 p.m. Friday night in the 800 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast after observing his vehicle did not have license plate lights, according to Capt. Casey Moilanen.

The officer recognized Murdock as having a revoked license and reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, Moilanen said. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of more than 15.5 grams of meth in the vehicle's center console.

At his appearance in Olmsted County District Court, Judge Jacob Allen did not set a monetary value for Murdock's conditional bail. Murdock's next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 14. 

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.