Man arrested on synthetic drug charge

A concerned resident flagged down police after seeing a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked at a business this week.

The man was not ill but was arrested on a charge of possession of a synthetic drug or lookalike.

Dacoda Welch, 22, of 350 Banta St., Franklin, told police that he was tired, but the officer saw what looked like the remnants of marijuana on his shirt.

Welch asked police to consider another option other than arresting him because of his job and family, the report said. The officer told him those were not good reasons for not being arrested but were good reasons to not smoke marijuana, the report said.

Welch corrected the officer, telling him that the drug-like material was actually spice, a synthetic drug, but not marijuana, the report said.

Police took the rest of the drug from inside the vehicle and took Welch to the Johnson County jail, where he was held on $1,000 bond.

Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2774.