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Worthington woman facing drug-related charges involving children

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington woman arrested Oct. 26 is facing four drug-related charges in Nobles County District Court. Mary Sanchez, 30, has been charged with storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult,...

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WORTHINGTON - A Worthington woman arrested Oct. 26 is facing four drug-related charges in Nobles County District Court.

Mary Sanchez, 30, has been charged with storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult, a felony; fifth-degree controlled substance possession, a gross misdemeanor; driving while intoxicated - under the influence of a controlled substance, a gross misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor. If convicted of the felony offense, Sanchez faces a maximum sentence of not more than five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, a Worthington police officer witnessed a small child in the front seat of a car that had just passed him. He recognized the driver (Sanchez) from previous police contacts and was aware that a welfare check had been requested after her children were reported absent from school for several days.

Upon contact, the officer observed that Sanchez appeared to be paranoid. She stated she and the children had been staying in a hotel because she thought someone had been following them. The officer also observed cracked, dry lips and face lacerations, and Sanchez’s behavior and appearance made the officer believe she was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Sanchez indicated being under the influence while performing some field sobriety tests but not all, the complaint continues. She was arrested, and her kids were placed in protective custody.

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A search warrant of her residence was obtained, and a glass pipe with white residue that tested positive for methamphetamine was collected as evidence.

Sanchez’s conditional bail was set at $1,500 and unconditional bail at $15,000.

Her initial appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Nobles County District Court.

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