WORTHINGTON — A Minneapolis man has been charged with drug crimes relating to a Nobles County arrest that look place in May.
Omar Arias-Arana, 30, of St. Paul was arrested following a traffic stop near Rushmore. During the stop, Arias-Arana had reportedly been talking on the phone with someone who appeared to be telling him what to tell the police.
The person on the other end of the phone was identified as Mario Mancia-Hernandez, 34, of Minneapolis. At the time of Arias-Arana's arrest, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had been surveilling Mancia-Hernandez on suspicion he was trafficking methamphetamine.
Mancia-Hernandez was located by the DEA on July 26 and taken into custody. Nobles County then requested he be sent to Worthington to face charges in court relating to the Arias-Arana incident.
Mancia-Hernandez was charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated first-degree controlled substance crime, conspiracy to commit first-degree controlled substance crime and conspiracy to import controlled substances across state borders. The aggravated charge carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $500,000 fine, but if convicted, Mancia-Hernandez will be sentenced based on criminal history.
He is being held in Nobles County Jail on bail set at $125,000 with conditions or $250,000 without.