2,500 oxycodone pills allegedly found behind scented dryer sheets during Worthington traffic stop

Two individuals were charged with felony drug sale and possession.


WORTHINGTON — A Worthington traffic stop resulted in felony drug possession and sale charges against two individuals after local law enforcement reportedly located 281 grams of oxycodone pills in their vehicle.

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Diallo Hunter, 24, of St. Paul, and Alyssia Quijano, 22, of Brooklyn Center were pulled over in a rental vehicle while passing through a roundabout in Worthington after a local officer allegedly saw their vehicle cross the fog line. Hunter, the driver, reportedly did not have a driver’s license or ID card on his person. Quijano provided her driver’s license to the officer.

After being asked to exit the vehicle, Hunter stated the car was a rental. They were driving to Sioux City, Iowa, because a family friend had cancer and they planned to stay a couple of days.

However, when the officer questioned Quijano, she reportedly said there was a family emergency and that they would only be staying the night.

When asked, Hunter responded there was nothing illegal in the vehicle and declined the officer's request to search. A K9 unit arrived on the scene and conducted an exterior sniff, reportedly alerting officers to the presence of a controlled substance. Hunter was again asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, and he stated that there was a folded up dollar bill that contained cocaine near the driver's seat.


During a search of the vehicle, the folded dollar bill was located along with a cloth bag containing three oxycodone pills, commonly used as counterfeit pills containing fentanyl. According to the complaint, a backpack was located in the trunk of the car containing a pill bottle full of approximately 151 clonazepam pills, a schedule four narcotic. Hunter stated that the pills belong to a family member. He was placed under arrest and seated in the squad car.

Behind the plastic panel under the radio officers reportedly located a large Ziploc bag surrounded by scented dryer sheets which contained a large quantity of Oxycodone pills. It was later estimated that approximately 2,500 pills were found.

Quiijano was also placed under arrest. Both are charged with first-degree drug sale, second-degree drug possession, and fifth-degree drug possession. Hunter faces an additional charge of fifth-degree drug possession, for the .25 grams of cocaine.

Both were transferred to the Nobles County Jail, with initial court appearances scheduled for April 11.

If convicted both face a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment and/or a $1 million fine on the drug sale charge. Second-degree drug possession carries a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine or both, and fifth degree drug possession carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

Note: This article was written based on information reported by local law enforcement agencies. The Globe reminds readers that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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