Napa transient arrested for alleged meth traffiicking


A transient man was arrested Tuesday in Napa after an investigation into his alleged drug dealings, according to Napa Special Investigations Bureau officials.

In January, NSIB officials opened an investigation into allegations that 53-year-old Napa transient Allen Welch was trafficking meth in Napa County.

On Tuesday, investigators were conducting surveillance on a home in the 1500 block of Seminary Street where Welch was temporarily staying.

Invstigators watched as Welch, who does not have a driver’s license, drive away from the home.

After stopping Welch for traffic violations, detectives gained consent to search the vehicle. They found 100 grams of methamphetamine and $3,400 in cash, which was seized as suspected drug proceeds, investigators said.

Welch was arrested without incident and booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation, and possession of a firearm magazine.

Detectives also searched the home where Welch was staying and found methamphetamine and more than a pound of marijuana, which evidence suggests was stolen in a burglary from a backyard grow operation in Napa, according to detectives.

NSIB detectives are also seeking additional charges with the Napa County District Attorney’s Office against three people linked to the home on Seminary Street. Charges are being sought against two female suspects on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and a male suspect on suspicion of possessing stolen property and violating probation.

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