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Several men charged after search warrant executed

WORTHINGTON -- Three Worthington men and one Sioux Falls, S.D. man are facing drug possession charges after a Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force search warrant was executed Tuesday in the 1500 block of Clary Street, resulting in the seizure of marijuana, methamphetamine and a pair of brass knuckles.

Ryan Paul Murray, also known as Ryan Paul Casper, 33, Trenton Jacob Stoyke, 27, and Michael Allen Schroeder, 43, all of Worthington, and Jose Guadalupe Chavarria, 28, also known as Lupe Chavarria, of Sioux Falls, made bail appearances Wednesday in Nobles County District Court.

Bail for Chavarria and Murray was set at $10,000, and Stoyke and Schroeder were released on their own recognizance.

The complaint states no occupants were found when the warrant was executed on Clary Street, but task force agents found meth in a baggie in the basement. Stoyke arrived at the residence a short time later. A search allegedly turned up a small amount of marijuana in Stoyke's pocket.

More meth was allegedly discovered in an upstairs bedroom, along with two bongs, which both tested positive for meth.

A letter for Schroeder from Nobles County Family Services was found in one bedroom. A pipe and several baggies containing meth residue were allegedly found in the same room.

In the basement, agents found a marijuana grinder, and in a crawl space they found two towels. Inside the towels were spoons with meth residue and unused hypodermic needles.

While agents were searching, Murray let himself in the residence. He was detained and allowed to sit against a wall in the entryway, but an agent heard him say his wrists hurt. When the agent had Murray lean forward so he could check the handcuffs, he noticed a Crown Royal bag underneath Murray.

The bag allegedly contained several small baggies, one of which field tested positive for 3.9 grams of meth.

During an interview, Schroeder said he had moved in with Stoyke last week and said they used together and would trade meth back and forth.

He allegedly admitted to buying "eight balls" of meth and selling .3 grams for $50 to support his own habit. He has a previous conviction of possession of more than 1,000 grams of marijuana with intent to sell in 2009 in Wood County, Wis. He is charged with fifth-degree possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, as is Schroeder.

Stoyke allegedly admitted that the spoons found were his and that he had recently started injecting meth. He is charged with fifth-degree possession, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

While interviewing the men, agents learned the source of their meth was "Lupe from Sioux Falls." Believing the referral to be to Chavarria, authorities went to Murray's apartment and encountered Chavarria in the hallway.

The complaint states Chavarria is a known gang member with a criminal history of assaultive behavior.

While the agents were talking with Chavarria, he repeatedly put his hands in his pockets and was told to remove them each time. When Chavarria said he was there to visit his cousin's place, he and the agents entered the apartment and sat at the table.

Chavarria stood and again put his hands in his pockets. He removed his right hand from his pocket and held a large amount of cash. He would not remove his left hand, even when asked, and agents eventually had to take him to the ground. In his pocket the agents found a set of metal knuckles and two plastic baggies that contained 6 grams of meth.

Chavarria was charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous weapon.