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St. Paul man arrested on active warrant for weapon possession


WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Police Department apprehended a St. Paul man Jan. 9 who was the subject of an active U.S. marshal’s warrant for possession of a weapon.

Cody Smith, 29, is facing charges in Nobles County, including a felon convicted crime of violence — firearm violation, a felony; giving a peace officer a false name, a gross misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor.

The charges stem from a Jan. 9 traffic stop in which a Worthington police officer stopped Smith’s vehicle for a non-functioning brake light.

According to the criminal complaint, upon approaching the vehicle, the officer witnessed a yellow bandana tied around the steering column and the passenger was wearing a considerable amount of black and yellow clothing. This led the officer to suspect possible gang affiliation.

The officer also witnessed a long, black metallic object between the center console and passenger seat, but was uncertain what it was.

Smith exited the vehicle and, during a pat-down search, the officer allegedly found a drug pipe on his person. He also allegedly gave the peace officer a fake name, and it was not until Smith gave his true name that the officer learned of the active warrant.

The officer searched the vehicle but didn’t find other signs of criminal activity in the vehicle.

Smith was transported to the Nobles County Jail. During the booking process, a 9 millimeter Winchester bullet was allegedly found in Smith’s pocket.

A review of Smith’s criminal history indicated he was ineligible to possess a firearm or ammunition. He was previously convicted of felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Smith’s bail was set at $10,000 with conditions or $50,000 without.

His initial appearance is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Nobles County District Court.