Felony charges follow hotel room search

Anderson will appear in court Monday.

Earnest Lee Anderson

WORTHINGTON — A Worthington resident is in police custody after officers executed a search warrant on a hotel room where he was staying.

Police obtained the search warrant when a person was observed exiting a Worthington hotel room where Earnest Anderson, 47, was known to have been staying, and told police they had purchased a methamphetamine pipe inside the room.

The warrant was executed in the early morning of July 22, and officers reportedly found a plastic baggie of meth weighing 1.8 grams, as well as a fully charged stun gun. Anderson is ineligible to own a stun gun due to his criminal history.

Anderson was arrested and charged with third-degree controlled substance crime, fifth-degree drug possession and possession of a stun gun by a prohibited person, all felonies. The third-degree controlled substance charge carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, but if convicted, Anderson will be sentenced based on criminal history.

He is being held in Nobles County Jail on bail set at $40,000 with conditions or $80,000 without. His initial court appearance is set for Monday morning.

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