Woman arrested on drug possession charge following traffic stop

Arlene Kim charged with three felony-level counts.

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WORTHINGTON — Arlene Kim, 31, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is scheduled to make her first appearance in Nobles County Fifth District Court next week on three felony-level drug charges.

Kim was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 17 at a Worthington gas station. When an officer spoke with the driver, a slight odor of marijuana was allegedly detected from the vehicle. Also, a zip-lock baggie was reportedly seen in the side pocket of a backpack on the front passenger floorboard.

After being questioned about marijuana use and the baggies, Kim allegedly confirmed the baggies contained marijuana. The bag weighed 1.66 grams. Also reportedly found in the vehicle were a large shard of a crystal substance that field-tested positive for MDMA and weighed .71 grams, a plastic shopping bag containing 15 packages of THC chocolate bars — each weighing 48 grams according to the packaging, a large zip-lock bag with suspected THC “shatter-style” wax weighing 120.65 grams, and a small, red marijuana pipe.

Each of the three felony counts are for fifth-degree drug possession, and each count carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

A fourth charge, possession of drug paraphernalia, is a petty misdemeanor that carries a maximum $300 fine.

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