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Three Worthington individuals face drug charges following traffic stop

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WORTHINGTON — What began as a Wednesday traffic stop for a tinted-window violation ended in three arrests that resulted in drug-related charges.

According to court documents, upon contact with the vehicle’s occupants, a Worthington police officer saw Jose Argueta-Gusman, 20, of Worthington, who was known to have an active warrant. Argueta-Gusman was placed under arrest, and while an attempt was being made to handcuff him, allegedly grabbed something out of his jacket and quickly popped it into his mouth. During a search of his person, the officer allegedly found a hypodermic needle and baggie, which both tested positive for methamphetamine.

During a consent search of the vehicle, officers allegedly found several small baggies, an electronic scale and glass pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine. The objects were allegedly found collectively in a pouch, which officers had witnessed being moved from the front passenger seat to the back seat while Argueta-Gusman was being arrested.

Leonardo Ortega-Cardenas, 26, of Brewster and Tania T. Gonzalez, 31, of Worthington, were also arrested and charged.

According to the complaint, the Nobles County Jail informed officers that meth/residue was found on both Argueta-Gusman’s person and in Gonzalez’s purse.

Argueta-Gusman faces felony fifth-degree drug possession and introducing contraband or drugs to a jail, a gross misdemeanor. His conditional bail was scheduled at $15,000 or $30,000 without.

Gonzales faces introduction of contraband/drug in a jail and fifth-degree controlled substance crime, both misdemeanors. Her conditional bail was unknown Friday afternoon.

Ortega-Cardenas has been charged with fifth-degree controlled substance crime, a gross misdemeanor. His bail was set at $6,000.