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WPD traffic stop nets 22 pound pot discovery, one arrest


WORTHINGTON — A Nevada man is facing charges after more than 20 pounds of marijuana were allegedly discovered in his vehicle Friday.

Kyle L. Petillo, 39, of Las Vegas, Nev. has been charged with felony third-degree sale of drugs (five kilos or more of a marijuana mixture); and felony third-degree drug possession (10 kilos or more of a marijuana mixture). Both charges are punishable up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both.

The charges stem from a March 2 traffic stop by a Worthington police officer after Petillo allegedly failed to correctly exit Interstate 90 and stop prior to the solid white stop line before entering North Humiston Avenue in Worthington.

According to the criminal complaint, Petillo claimed to be traveling in a rental vehicle bearing California license plates from his home in Las Vegas to Minneapolis to visit friends. The officer detailed that the car had a “lived-in look” and Petillo's license had been suspended.

Petillo denied a search of his vehicle, so the officer had his K-9 partner perform an exterior sniff of the vehicle. That indicated the likely presence of narcotics.

A full search of the vehicle led to the alleged discovery of 22.2 pounds (plus packaging) of a green leafy substance in multiple vacuum-sealed packages. Each package weighed between 1.1 and 2.2 pounds each. Selected at random, one package’s substance tested positive for marijuana.

Petillo’s bail was set at $20,000 with conditions or $60,000 without.

His initial appearance has been scheduled for March 13 in Nobles County District Court.