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18-year-old charged with storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child

An April 20 noise complaint brought Worthington officers to Swanson's apartment.

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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington woman has been charged with a felony count of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Annamae Swanson, 18, also faces a gross misdemeanor count of fifth-degree drug possession, an unlawful mixture of a controlled substance, and a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On April 20, Worthington Police officers responded to a noise complaint at an apartment complex in the 2000 block of Nobles Street. Upon arrival, officers were directed to an apartment, where they could hear music coming from inside. They knocked on the door, and came into contact with a juvenile, who allowed them to enter the apartment. Shortly after, two more people entered the main part of the apartment from a back room. One was later identified as Swanson.

The officers reportedly observed drug paraphernalia sitting on the floor in plain view, including a large glass bong and a second bong containing clear liquid with rubber tubing. An open purse with a Ziploc baggie containing marijuana was also observed.

Believing one of the bongs was being used to ingest methamphetamine — and having observed drug paraphernalia — the officers requested consent from Swanson to search the apartment, according to the report. Swanson denied her consent and the apartment was secured and a search warrant was obtained and executed.

During the search, officers reportedly found four glass marijuana bongs; a rolling plate with marijuana; a blue rubber exercise tubing on a television cabinet; a small bong made with blue rubber tubing with 20 grams of liquid inside, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers also found a small clear plastic box with crystal residue on the television stand, which also tested positive for methamphetamine.

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In the kitchen, a marijuana grinder was located on the table. In the bedroom, officers located a digital scale on the computer desk, a black marijuana grinder on the left bedside table, a box with marijuana pipes on the right bedside table, and used baggies under the bed on the right side, with residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Swanson was placed under arrest, and when asked, reportedly told officers she had a pipe on her. Officers removed the pipe which contained a white residue that they recognized as methamphetamine and a marijuana pipe from her pockets.

Swanson was detained in Nobles County and released on conditional bail. Her initial court appearance is scheduled for May 5. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of no more than five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both for the felony charge against her. The gross misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.

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