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Round Lake man apprehended for drug possession

WORTHINGTON -- A Round Lake man was arrested Thursday after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found in his possession. Jeffrey Fields, 34, has been charged with felony fifth-degree drug possession, not a small amount, and poss...

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WORTHINGTON -- A Round Lake man was arrested Thursday after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found in his possession.

Jeffrey Fields, 34, has been charged with felony fifth-degree drug possession, not a small amount, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor, in Nobles County District Court.  

The charges stem from a Thursday traffic stop by a Worthington police officer.

According to the criminal complaint, the officer observed three individuals enter a vehicle in an area known to law enforcement due to past drug involvement.

The officer pulled the vehicle over in a Worthington gas station after the driver failed to signal at 100 feet and had a faulty brake light.

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During a pat search of Fields, a passenger, the officer allegedly found a butane torch lighter on his person. A pipe - which field tested positive for methamphetamine - and black scale were also discovered in the vehicle near where Fields was seated.

In a post-arrest interview, Fields told the officer he’d take possession of the contents, as he “wasn’t going to let a girl get in trouble for something.”

A review of Fields’ criminal history reveals two possession of methamphetamine convictions in 2015 in Dickinson County, Iowa and a second-offense conviction in O’Brien County, Iowa.

If convicted of the felony-level offense, Fields faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

Fields’ bail was set at $1,000 with conditions and $10,000 without. His initial appearance is scheduled for Jan. 30 in Nobles County District Court.

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