An undercover investigation in Virginia ended with the arrest of an off-duty Pentagon police officer by the Arlington County Police Division final Friday.
The ACPD issued a press launch on Halloween which mentioned their detectives had been investigating Welch for presumably promoting medication primarily based on proof for which they didn’t provide specifics. The investigation remains to be lively so it’s not unusual for legislation enforcement businesses of any sort to maintain info restricted till the investigation is full. Thus, not a lot element was supplied on the whole about this case apart from the next:
“He was taken into custody on the afternoon of October 28 within the 1300 block of S. Scott Road (Arlington, VA) after detectives noticed him buy narcotics for distribution. A firearm was recovered on the scene. A search warrant was subsequently executed on the suspect’s residence in Alexandria which resulted within the restoration of extra portions of narcotics and firearms. Because of this, Metropolis of Alexandria Police charged Welch with Possession with Intent to Distribute Managed Substance (x2) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Managed Substance whereas Armed,” – Arlington County Police Division.
These costs point out Welch was arrested with anyplace from 2.5 to 5 kilos of cocaine. Naturally, I emailed the Pentagon to ask them how within the Sam Hell an officer of theirs managed to get his palms on that a lot coke when my man has been dry for weeks. They despatched me the next assertion:
“The Pentagon Power Safety Company is conscious that an off-duty Pentagon Police Officer was arrested by the Arlington County Police Division on October 28, 2022. The officer was positioned on administrative go away.”
I requested if this was the primary time Welch had been reprimanded for conduct in or outdoors of the office.
“We don’t touch upon particular person personnel issues,” mentioned Jacqueline Yost, director of the company communications workplace on the Pentagon Power Safety Company.
Welch was arrested not less than as soon as prior in Arlington County as properly. Court docket information present Welch pleaded responsible to costs of destruction of property of worth higher than $1,000 in addition to disorderly conduct. A separate cost of failure to pay for a rental automobile or animal was additionally entered however no different info was instantly out there. I did a cursory search of courtroom information for neighboring Virginia counties and a search of Washington D.C. courtroom information and located no different entries for an Eric Michael Welch.
When requested in the event that they had been conscious if Welch has a previous felony historical past, or if it’s widespread to permit law enforcement officials to work with felony information, the Pentagon didn’t want to remark.
As of Wednesday morning, an inmate query with the Arlington County Detention Facility confirmed Welch was nonetheless incarcerated and being held with out bond.
Apparently sufficient, Welch maintained a reasonably lively Instagram presence devoted to bodybuilding and health of all issues previous to being arrested. His deal with is @welch_fit however, within the curiosity of full transparency, I’m saying that primarily based on primary picture and title comparability as I couldn’t confirm immediately with Welch that it was the identical man.
He’s downright ripped, like eats a bowl of nails for breakfast ripped, and lists an organization known as MSF Dietary supplements as a sponsor in his Instagram bio. I reached out to them to see if Welch remains to be a sponsored athlete or in the event that they had been conscious of the fees and they didn’t get again to me in time for publication.