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Worthington man faces drug possession charges


WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man was arrested Saturday for allegedly driving under the influence of methamphetamine and introducing it into the Nobles County Jail.

Martin C. Lopez, 35, has been charged with fifth-degree drug possession, a felony; introducing contraband into a jail, a gross misdemeanor; and driving after revocation, a misdemeanor. The felony-level offense is punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

The charges stem from a July 7 early morning traffic stop by a Worthington police officer who observed Lopez driving, despite knowing that his driving privileges had been revoked.

Upon contact, the officer observed Lopez demonstrate indicators that he believed to be consistent with narcotic use, the complaint cites.

Lopez’s record also indicated that he had failed to appear for court appearances 23 times in the past seven years.

After the booking process, Nobles County Jail staff informed the officer that a baggie with glass coated in a white residue and burn marks was discovered in Lopez’s shoe. The glass allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

Lopez’s bail was set at $10,000 with conditions or $30,000 without. His initial appearance is scheduled for July 23 in Nobles County District Court.