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Three arrested on drug charges

WORTHINGTON — Three men are in custody in the Nobles County Jail after being arrested earlier this week on drug-related charges.

According to court documents, Gerson Mejia-Campos, 20, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Blue Thyboualoy, 18, of Worthington, are facing charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

Dao Keovilay, 20, of Worthington, is also charged with possession of meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus two counts of fifth-degree controlled substance possession and two counts of possession of a weapon after conviction.

Authorities were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of Seventh Avenue at approximately 12:32 a.m. Monday for a 911 hang-up. The call registered from the phone of Keovilay.

At the residence, law enforcement officers encountered several people, including Mejia-Campos and Thyboualoy, and were finally told Keovilay was sleeping.

An officer woke him, and Keovilay claimed he didn’t call 911.

Another officer waited with the other individuals and saw a clear plastic baggie with a knot in the end in the center of the room. A third officer found another baggie with white residue in plain sight near the couch, according to court documents.

The residence was secured and a search warrant was executed. During the search, numerous items associated with controlled substance use were allegedly located, as were a handgun and a rifle. The residence was found in an uninhabitable condition, covered in garbage, raw food, cockroaches, and other bugs.

All three men make their initial court appearance in Nobles County District Court Aug. 5.