WORTHINGTON — Two men arrested Tuesday evening face charges after marijuana, methamphetamine residue and heroin were allegedly discovered in their vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Nobles County Attorney's Office, a Worthington police officer stopped a vehicle that turned onto the westbound Interstate 90 ramp for a traffic violation.
Upon initial contact with the driver, Daniel S. Vetter, 45, of Woodburn, Oregon, the officer detected an odor suspected to be marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The officer described Vetter as "sweating profusely" despite the 28 degree Fahrenheit air temperature.
A second vehicle occupant that had been allegedly hiding under the backseat in the vehicle was later discovered. He was identified as Frank Quintero, 49, of Worthington.
During a search of the vehicle, officers allegedly discovered the following:
- An unmarked blue pill
- Glass marijuana pipe, rolling papers and blue-glass pipe that tested positive for meth
- Black tar heroin weighing 12.79 grams
- Marijuana weighing 5.63 grams, including packaging
Vetter and Quintero were booked into the Nobles County Jail. Both tested positive for THC and meth during a drug screening.
The officer believed that the volume of suspected heroin suggested that Vetter didn't plan it for personal use, but to deliver it instead to a third party.
Vetter has been charged with four felony-level drug offenses, ranging from sale to possession; misdemeanor possession of more than 1/4 grams marijuana in a motor vehicle; and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. His conditional bail was set at $50,000 and his unconditional at $100,000. He could face up to 40 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both.
Quintero faces felony fifth-degree drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor. His conditional bail was scheduled at $10,000; his unconditional $20,000. He faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.
According to the complaint, Quintero has two previous felony controlled substance convictions. Vetter has what was described as "extensive" controlled substance convictions, many which date back to the mid-to-late 1990s.