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Two face criminal charges after alleged discovery of drugs, driving under the influence

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WORTHINGTON — A California woman was apprehended Tuesday evening after a vehicle search yielded the alleged discover of methamphetamine.

Christine O’Kelly, 42, of La Quinta, Calif. has been charged with felony fifth-degree drug possession and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after a Nobles County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly discovered 4 grams of methamphetamine and various straws and pipes in the vehicle which she was a passenger. A conviction of the felony-level offense is punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

According to the criminal complaint, O’Kelly and the vehicle driver, Michael L. Gorski, 49, were compliant in the search of their vehicle after the deputy suspected Gorski was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

In addition to the methamphetamine allegedly discovered, the deputy also found 3.4 grams of marijuana, which Gorski claimed.

He has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree driving while intoxicated — operate motor vehicle under influence of alcohol and a concentration of .08 within two hours; possession of more than 1/4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle, all misdemeanor offenses; and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

O’Kelly’s bail was set at $1,500 with conditions or $10,000 without. Gorski’s was set at $1,000 with or $2,000 without.

Alyssa Sobotka

Alyssa joined The Globe in July 2017 and covers education and crime beats. The Nebraska native earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In her own sarcastic tone, her blog, Aimlessly Navigating, recounts the reality, pitfalls and triumphs of a young 20-something navigating to maturity. Follow her on Twitter: @alyssasobotka

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