A Rochester man is being held on $30,000 conditional bail after he was found with a reported 24 grams of methamphetamine.

Alfred Smith Jr., 39, was arrested Monday and charged Tuesday in Olmsted County District Court with felony third-degree drug possession and petty misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Smith made his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court on Tuesday, when Judge Pamela King set conditional bail at $30,000. Smith's next court appearance is set for July 23.

According to police reports, a sergeant on patrol in Southeast Rochester around 2:15 p.m. Monday saw a car parked in a business parking lot with four people inside, one of whom appeared to be smoking out of a clear glass pipe commonly used to smoke meth, according to court records.

Two other officers were called to the area and spoke with the driver, a 30-year-old woman. When confronted about the glass pipe and the potential use of meth, the woman said she was "trying to get away from that stuff" and said that as far as she was aware, there was no meth in the vehicle.

Police conducted a search of the car where Smith was seated in the front passenger seat. Between his feet was a small, green bag containing 24.45 grams of meth, according to the criminal complaint. Police reportedly found a bag containing a little more than a gram of marijuana on Smith.

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.