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Worthington woman arrested after home search


WORTHINGTON — A Worthington woman was arrested Friday after a tip from a District 518 teacher prompted officers to issue a search warrant of her home, resulting in the discovery of drug paraphernalia.

Sandra Cervantes, 47, of Worthington, was arrested Friday on one felony count of methamphetamine-related crimes involving children, one felony count of drugs in the fifth degree and possession of small amount of marijuana (a petty misdemeanor).

According to court documents, officers of the Worthington Police Department met March 7 with a teacher in the Worthington School District.The teacher had previously been in contact with officials via e-mail regarding information that had been provided to another teacher and law enforcement.

The teacher explained information that had been received by a complainant regarding drug activity at the home of a student.

Officers met with the complainant and the teacher on March 11, at which time the complainant told officials that the student’s mother — later identified as Cervantes — was engaging in behavior thought as indicative of drug use.

The complaint also stated that the complainant had seen drug paraphernalia in the home, specifically three pipes and a light bulb.

On Friday, officers obtained a search warrant to look for drugs and drug paraphernalia at Cervantes’s home at 722 Shell St.

The search warrant was executed by agents of the Buffalo Ridge Task Force and Worthington Police Department. Cervantes was also present during the search.

While searching the home, law enforcement discovered clear glass pipe underneath Cervantes’ mattress. There was a positive for methamphetamine, according to court documents, and Cervantes was then arrested.

The search of the residence, which continued after Cervantes’ arrest, resulted in several other items being seized.

Methamphetamine paraphernalia, money, cards and documents, two cell phones and a container with a small amount of marijuana inside were also collected during the search, according to court documents.

Cervantes was booked into Nobles County Jail on Friday and appeared in court Tuesday for a bail hearing.

Cervantes posted her $2,000 bail on the conditions that she keep in contact with her lawyer, appear on scheduled court dates and stay abstinent from drugs and alcohol. Her next court appearance is scheduled for early next month.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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