Traffic stop leads to drug bust
WORTHINGTON -- A simple traffic stop for speeding led to the discovery of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine found in a car. Jose Manolo Arevalo Cortez, 33, is facing a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession, one count of driving withou...
WORTHINGTON - A simple traffic stop for speeding led to the discovery of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine found in a car.
Jose Manolo Arevalo Cortez, 33, is facing a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession, one count of driving without a valid driver’s license and one count of speeding.
At approximately 2:08 a.m. Saturday, officers of the Worthington Police Department observed a vehicle traveling approximately 44 mph in a 30 mph zone on First Avenue.
Police proceeded to pull the vehicle over and noticed that the driver, later identified as Arevalo Cortez, was shaking and sweating profusely. Officers also noted that Arevalo Cortez’s eyes were abnormally wide, and his pupils did not change when a light was shined on them.
Based on their training, officers suspected that Arevalo Cortez was under the influence of methamphetamine. Arevalo-Cortez denied there were any narcotics in the vehicle, but due to his behavior officers believed controlled substances could be present.
Officers brought in a drug detection K-9 to first inspect around the outside of the vehicle. The K-9 initially showed interest near the open passenger door and then indicated a presence of a controlled substance in the interior of the passenger door.
According to court documents, officers began to search the inside of the vehicle and observed a cover missing from what the officer believed was the passenger side airbag light. The cover exposed a small cutout - an approximately one inch by two inch opening - on the dash. The cutout was directly in the middle of the vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint, officers located a small plastic bag that was tied off on one end pushed inside of where the light was. The bag contained a crystal-white substance that tested positive as methamphetamine and weighed .52 grams including packaging.
Arevalo Cortez was arrested and transported to the Law Enforcement Center.
At the jail, Arevalo-Cortez allegedly told police that the drugs were found in the car because his friend did not have money to pay for them. He also allegedly said he no longer uses drugs.
A review of Arevalo Cortez’s criminal history shows that he was convicted of a fifth-degree controlled substance crime in Nobles County in 2013.
Arevalo Cortez is scheduled to appear in Nobles County District Court at the end of the month.