Garbage leads to 3 arrests on drug-related charges in Rock County

Law enforcement conducted a garbage pull prior to the arrests.

Pearson (from left to right), Wright, and Arnovick
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LUVERNE — A garbage pull by Rock County law enforcement resulted in the arrest of three individuals on drug-related charges, on June 21.

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According to the report deputies located several small baggies that tested positive for cocaine inside garbage that had been set on the curb. Hypodermic needles, tweezers and various other items possibly indicative of drug activity were also reportedly found in the garbage.

Deputies were granted a search warrant for the residence, which was then executed. While waiting for someone to answer the door, four adults were detained by officers near the back side of the house. No other adults were located inside the residence, but two juveniles were found in an upstairs bedroom and placed in protective custody.

Tyler Pearson, 38, and Ellysa Arnovick, 33, both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were identified among the detained individuals, along with Jacob Wright, 42, of Luverne.

While speaking with officers, Wright was reportedly found to be in possession of a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. He faces one count of felony drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment, and/or a $10,000 fine. He was transported to Nobles County Jail.


Arnovick reportedly told officers that there was a hypodermic needle in her dresser that she used for methamphetamine. A scale, cotton swab, and plastic cap containing residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine were also found in among her and Pearson’s possessions.

Both were arrested on charges of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, a felony offense. If convicted, both Pearson and Arnovick face a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

All three are set to make their initial court appearances later this month.

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