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Pair arrested traveling through Worthington with 2 pounds of meth

Police also seized a firearm from the vehicle.

Marcin-Sixtos, Gomez-Ruiz
Marcin-Sixtos (left), Gomez-Ruiz

WORTHINGTON — Two people were arrested in the early morning of April 11 when police reportedly discovered more than two pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Luis Gomez-Ruiz, 35, who didn't have a driver's license. The passenger was Melanie Marcin-Sixtos, 21, of Crystal. The two told law enforcement they were on their way to a rodeo.

While talking with the vehicle's occupants, police noticed a strong scent of air freshener and suspected it was being used to mask the odor of narcotics. Leafy green flakes identified as marijuana were also in plain sight in the center cup holder.

Searching the vehicle, police found four plastic bags containing a total of 960 grams (2.1) pounds of methamphetamine — as well as a handgun with a loaded 14-round magazine and a bullet in the chamber — inside the spare tire compartment

Both people were arrested and charged with first-degree drug sale, a felony that carries a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine, with a mandatory minimum of 65 months in prison.

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Gomez-Ruiz was convicted of felony second-degree assault in Anoka County last year, so he faces the following additional felony charges: a second count of first-degree drug sale; first-degree aggravated sale of a controlled substance; first-degree aggravated possession of a controlled substance; and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence. The aggravated charges carry a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine, with a mandatory minimum of 86 months in prison or the presumptive sentence under Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines (whichever is greater).

If convicted, they will both be sentenced based on criminal history.

After being booked into jail, Marcin-Sixtos told officers she had thought Gomez-Ruiz was taking her to South Dakota and that he had asked her to ride with him so he wouldn't have to be alone. She added that she didn't have an explanation for the drugs or the gun found in the vehicle.

Gomez-Ruiz declined to make a statement.

Both are being held in Nobles County Jail. Marcin-Sixtos's bail was set at $75,000 with conditions or $150,000 without. Gomez-Ruiz's bail was set at $500,000.

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