Worthington police recover stolen handgun from Montana during Sunday traffic stop
WORTHINGTON — Two Montana individuals were arrested Sunday in Worthington after a stolen handgun, drugs and drug paraphernalia were allegedly discovered in their vehicle, which also carried two juvenile passengers.
According to the 13-page criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Nobles County District Court, Walter O. Grant Jr. 30, and Jordan M. Youngman, 29, both of Wolf Point, Mont. were arrested in the middle of the night Sunday after two handguns (one of which was reported stolen from a burglary in Montana), ammunition magazines and bullets were allegedly discovered throughout the duo’s vehicle and on Grant’s person. Also during the vehicle search, officers allegedly found 24 grams of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, suspected marijuana, numerous unused ziplock baggies, a digital scale and $1,100.
At the time of the arrest, three individuals — ages 18, 17 and 11 — were in the back seat of the vehicle, the complaint continues.
Due to Grant’s prior felony assault conviction from 2007, it was unlawful of him to possess any firearm or ammunition during the time of Sunday’s discovery.
As a result, both Grant and Youngman face multiple charges: felony first-degree drug sale, first-degree drug sale with a firearm involved, third-degree controlled substance sale crime, third-degree controlled substance possession crime, second-degree drug possession of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine with a firearm, storage of meth paraphernalia in presence of child, cause or permit child to be exposed to meth; and fifth-degree controlled substance crime, a gross misdemeanor. Youngman has also been charged with possession of brass knuckles, a misdemeanor. A drug sale conviction — the most serious offense either is charged with — is punishable up to 30 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine or both.
Grant faces additional charges: three counts of firearm/ammo possession after being convicted/adjudicated for crime of violence and fifth-degree drug possession, all felonies; and three counts of firearm possession with previous felony conviction, all gross misdemeanors. An unlawful firearm conviction like Grant faces is punishable up to 15 years imprisonment, a $30,000 fine or both.
Grant’s conditional bail was scheduled at $75,000 and his unconditional at $150,000. Youngman’s bail was scheduled for $15,000 with conditions or $75,000 without.