A Blaine man is facing a felony charge in Anoka County District Court for allegedly having a short-barreled shotgun in his possession.
Cody Scott Pech, 18, 12816 Coral Sea Street N.E., was arraigned April 18. His next court appearance is May 18.
According to the criminal complaint, a Blaine Police officer stopped Pech’s vehicle 6:49 p.m. April 16 near the intersection of Town Square Drive and 109th Avenue for speeding and having an object hanging from his rearview mirror that obstructed his view.
While speaking to Pech, the officer allegedly saw some alcohol bottles and a soft rifle case on the floor behind his seat.
Pech allegedly did not respond when the officer asked if he had a gun in the vehicle.
According to the complaint, Pech and his passenger admitted they should not have had alcohol in the car because they are under the age of 21.
The officer searched the vehicle and allegedly found a short-barreled shotgun inside the rifle case. Police measured the gun and found it had a barrel length of 12 inches and an overall length of 20 inches.
Pech allegedly told police in a post-Miranda statement that the gun was his, that he bought it a short while ago and cut the barrel to a shorter length to use it for protection.
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