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Bail set at $200,000 for Worthington woman charged with felony drug sale, possession

Charges originated following an Oct. 27 traffic stop.

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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington woman is charged with first-degree felony drug sale and possession following an Oct. 27 traffic stop in Worthington. She also faces a misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance.

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The traffic stop was made after a Worthington police officer observed a woman — later identified as Darcy Lynn Sieve, 52 — walk out of a home and leave in a vehicle. She was reportedly observed coming to a stop at a yield sign with no other traffic present, before turning without signaling 100 feet in advance.

A traffic stop was initiated and while speaking with Sieve, the officer reportedly observed her shaking uncontrollably and blinking rapidly. According to the report, Sieve said she hadn’t used any drugs in the last six months, but later said she was around people using methamphetamine the night prior.

She agreed to submit to field sobriety testing, during which she appeared to sway on her feet and her hands appeared to twitch. Her pulse was noted to be abnormally high, and she appeared to suffer from mood swings throughout the traffic stop.

Sieve was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and transported to the Nobles County Jail. She provided a urine sample pursuant to a signed search warrant, which was sent to the BCA for analysis.

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During the booking process, Sieve allegedly attempted to flush multiple baggies down the toilet, but another officer intercepted the baggies. Three of the baggies reportedly contained a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Another small clear Ziplock bag allegedly contained a white powder that field tested positive for cocaine. Each bag contained varying amounts of each controlled substance. The total amount of methamphetamine was approximately 52 grams and the total amount of cocaine was approximately .68 grams.

Sieve was booked into the jail and then released when sober. Meanwhile, a search warrant was later granted for her residence. During the search, officers located a bedroom with multiple documents with Sieve’s name on them.

Multiple paraphernalia items containing residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine were reportedly found in the bedroom. According to the report, two bags containing mushrooms, two baggies containing a white substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, 10 bags, multiple scales and a sheet documenting payments made to and from Sieve were also located.

Due to the quantity of drugs, officers believed the drugs were not for Sieve’s personal use and suspect she had intended to sell them.

On Nov. 17, Sieve was arrested for the drugs found on her person at the jail and in her home. She was booked into jail, and conditional bail was set at $200,000. She is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Nov. 30.

If convicted, Sieve faces a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine or both for the drug sale and drug possession charges. The misdemeanor DWI charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 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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