WORTHINGTON — Two out-of-state individuals are facing drug-related charges following a middle-of-the-night traffic stop last week.
Timothy G. Torres, 46, of Mitchell, S.D. and Shaniah C. St. Cloud, 23, of Lower Brule, S.D., were arrested Aug. 28 after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were allegedly discovered in and around their vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint filed last week in Nobles Count District Court, a Worthington police officer stopped Torres for a traffic infraction after 1 a.m. Aug. 28. The officer allegedly observed Torres get out of the vehicle and kneel in front of it before walking to the officer's squad car.
Torres, who claimed to not have a driver's license on him at the time, verbally told the officer a name. It was later discovered Torres had provided the officer a family member's name and date of birth. A glass pipe and two baggies containing 8.64 grams of meth plus packaging were allegedly discovered in front of the vehicle near where Torres had briefly knelt down.
A purse in the vehicle positioned near St. Cloud allegedly contained several unused syringes and a small glass tube that tested positive for meth. She was also wanted on a Minnehaha County, S.D. warrant for failure to appear on a felony possession of a controlled substance charge and several other misdemeanor charges.
Torres denied ownership of the drugs and drug paraphernalia, and claimed that a third passenger of the vehicle had thrown them out the window.
Torres faces fifth-degree drug possession, a felony, and giving a peace officer a false name, a gross misdemeanor. His bail was scheduled at $5,000 with conditions; $25,000 without.
St. Cloud faces fifth-degree controlled substance crime, a gross misdemeanor, and possession of hypodermic needles, a misdemeanor. Her bail was scheduled at $1,500 with conditions; $6,000 without.