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Two men arrested on drug charges

WORTHINGTON -- Juan Ramon Vela-Llamas, 30, and Enrique Alexander Jimenez-Escobar, 30, both of Worthington, were arrested Saturday for fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine, a felony. Vela-Llamas was additionally charged with driving after re...

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WORTHINGTON - Juan Ramon Vela-Llamas, 30, and Enrique Alexander Jimenez-Escobar, 30, both of Worthington, were arrested Saturday for fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine, a felony. Vela-Llamas was additionally charged with driving after revocation, a misdemeanor.

According to court documents, a Worthington police officer was traveling behind a vehicle with darkly tinted windows on Oxford Street near Oslo Street. The officer was unable to see the driver, but a check of the license plate determined the vehicle was owned by Vela-Llamas, who had a revoked driving status.
Once pulled over, the officer spoke with the driver, identified as Vela-Llamas, and his front-seat passenger, Jimenez-Escobar. Vela-Llamas appeared to be restless and exhibited behavior the officer deemed that of someone under the influence of a narcotic.
After running both Vela-Llamas’ and Jimenez-Escobar’s information, the officer determined Vela-Llamas’ driving privileges were revoked due to seven failure-to-appears within the past two years. Both men had also been involved in previous drug incidents.
Vela-Llamas gave the officer permission to search the vehicle before being arrested for driving after revocation. During the search, the officer found in the center console a plastic baggie with white residue that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

The officer asked both men if the baggie belonged to them, and they each denied ownership. Both were then arrested for fifth-degree possession and taken to the Nobles County Jail.
Both men appeared in Nobles County District Court for a bail hearing. Vela-Llamas was ordered to pay bail of $1,500 for release with standard conditions or to post bail of $15,000 for release without conditions. Similarly, Jimenez-Escobar was ordered to pay bail of $750 with release conditions or post $10,000 for release without standard conditions.
Vela-Llamas and Jimenez-Escobar are currently out of jail. They are scheduled to appear in Nobles County District Court in May.

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Jimenez-Escobar

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