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Off-Duty Pentagon Police Officer Arrested With at Least 2.5 Kilos of Cocaine

Arlington County Police Department arrested an off-duty Pentagon Police Officer last Friday as part of an undercover investigation.

ACPD published a press statement on Halloween stating that detectives are investigating Welch’s possible sale of drugs. The release did not give specifics. The investigation is still active so it’s not uncommon for law enforcement agencies of any kind to keep information limited until the investigation is complete. This case was not given much information beyond the following:

“He was taken into custody on the afternoon of October 28 in the 1300 block of S. Scott Street (Arlington, VA) after detectives observed him purchase narcotics for distribution. The suspect was also found with a firearm. A search warrant was subsequently executed at the suspect’s residence in Alexandria which resulted in the recovery of additional quantities of narcotics and firearms. As a result, City of Alexandria Police charged Welch with Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substance (x2) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substance while Armed,” – Arlington County Police Department.

Photo courtesy of Arlington County Police Department

These charges show that Welch was seized with between 2.5 and 5 kilos cocaine. The Pentagon was contacted by me to inquire how an officer could get so many coke, despite my man being dry for weeks. I received the following reply:

“The Pentagon Force Protection Agency is aware that an off-duty Pentagon Police Officer was arrested by the Arlington County Police Department on October 28, 2022. The officer was placed on administrative leave.”

I wanted to know if This was Welch’s first time being reprimanded in regard to conduct outside the workplace.

“We don’t comment on individual personnel matters,” said Jacqueline Yost, director of the corporate communications office at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

Welch also was taken into custody in Arlington County. According to court records Welch was convicted of destruction property with a value of more than $1000 and disorderly behavior. An additional charge for failing to pay rent vehicle or animal fees was added, however no information was available immediately. After a quick search in court records of neighboring Virginia counties, and an extensive search in Washington D.C. court documents, I found no entries for Eric Michael Welch. 

When asked if they were aware if Welch has a prior criminal history, or if it’s common to allow police officers to work with criminal records, the Pentagon did not wish to comment. 

Welch had been incarcerated as of Wednesday morning according to Arlington County Detention Facility. He was currently being held indefinitely. 

Courtesy of @welch_fit / Instagram

Surprisingly, Welch was able to maintain a fairly active Instagram profile dedicated to all things fitness before being arrested. His handle is @welch_fit but, in the interest of complete transparency, I’m saying that based on basic image and name comparison as I could not verify directly with Welch that it was the same guy. 

He looks downright trim, eating a breakfast bowl with nails and listing MSF Supplements in his Instagram bio as a sponsor. They did not respond to my request in time to publish.