WORTHINGTON — A Sunday night traffic stop in Worthington led to the arrest of a man for illegally possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony crime of violence.
Wicahpi Joseph Herman, 26, of Welch, had an active arrest warrant out of Dakota County. While searching the vehicle in which Herman was a passenger, Worthington police officers reportedly discovered a .22 caliber revolver containing seven live rounds and one spent shell. Herman is ineligible to own a firearm due to his criminal history.
The offense is a felony that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.
Officers also located in the vehicle a glass methamphetamine pipe, a bag of white crystals and a bundle of small baggies known to be consistent with narcotics distribution.
Herman allegedly told law enforcement he didn't know about the pipe or the drugs, but that the gun was his and would have his fingerprints on it.
Herman was also charged with fifth-degree drug possession and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in Nobles County Jail with bail set at $50,000 with conditions and $100,000 without conditions.