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Saldana appears on drug charges

WORTHINGTON -- Daniel Saldana, 28, of Worthington, appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court on a felony charge of fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and two petty misdemeanors of possessing a small amount of marijuana and drug par...

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WORTHINGTON - Daniel Saldana, 28, of Worthington, appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court on a felony charge of fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and two petty misdemeanors of possessing a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Court records state that earlier this month, officers responded to a report of a loud party in a room at the Sunset Inn. Officers knocked on the door and were greeted by a woman who said she was hosting a small gathering. The officers were invited into the room by the woman.
Once inside, officers observed several people gathered around a small card table. In the center of the table was a broken light bulb with burn marks. The officers also observed a small pile of marijuana behind a stack of beer cans near Saldana. The marijuana was later weighed as 10.4 grams.
When officers asked who the marijuana belonged to, Saldana immediately claimed responsibility, adding that all of the drugs in the room belonged to him and he was the only person smoking. Saldana was asked to leave the room, which he did. Outside, he told officers there was a pipe on top of the microwave and that there was methamphetamine inside the room.
Others in the room told officers that Saldana had been smoking methamphetamine in the room, and that they’d come to the party for free beer and to smoke joints with him. Officers retrieved a small plastic baggie less than two feet from where Saldana had been sitting that contained a substance weighing 1.7 grams; it field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Following his arrest, Saldana agreed to give a statement to officers. He said he’d brought all of the drugs recovered from the hotel room. He and the woman who had answered the door had wanted to host a party and agreed to rent the room at Sunset Inn. He admitted to smoking three or four hits of methamphetamine, but denied having smoked any marijuana that evening.
Saldana waived any omnibus issues Tuesday and was arraigned in the matter, pleading not guilty to all three charges. He requested a jury trial in the case, which has not yet been scheduled.
Saldana is out of the Nobles County Jail after posting a $1,500 bond. If convicted, fifth-degree drug possession carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both. Saldana has two previous convictions for possess/sale of a small amount of marijuana in Nobles County in 2008 and 2011.

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