Traffic stop leads to arrests after police find meth

Published 10:11 am Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A traffic stop in Brownsdale led to the discovery of 34 grams of methamphetamine and arrests of two people.

Bradley Arnold Quimby, 47, of Winona was charged Tuesday with felony first-degree drug possession and gross misdemeanor driving after cancelation for inimical to public safety.

Karry Kaye Wenthold, 28, was charged Tuesday with felony first-degree drug possession and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI.

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Mower County Sheriff’s Office deputies saw a 1998 Acura Integra driving north on Highway 56 and saw Quimby and Wenthold in the vehicle at about 10:18 p.m. on April 2.

The car had a broken license plate light and officers followed the car. As they neared County Road 2, Quimby turned east on Latham Street. Officers turned east on County Road 2 and then north on Oak Street, where they saw the car turn around and then went north on Highway 56, according to court records.

After the car crossed the fog line twice, officers stopped the car at the intersection of 300th Street. Quimby and Wenthold had switched seats and the Wenthold was in the driver’s seat. When asked why they switched, the woman said she was always driving.

Quimby said he didn’t have his driver’s license and officers learned it was canceled and he had a felony arrest warrant from Goodhue County. He was arrested.

The officers spoke to the woman, who then confirmed Quimby had been driving the car first. Officers saw Wenthold’s pupils were dilated and made rapid movements in the car. Officers asked when she last used meth and initially she said “About three days ago,” and then said she used it the previous day. She also had a glass pipe on her.

Officers searched the Acura and found a bag and plastic container that contained about 34 grams of meth under the front passenger seat. They also found a metal marijuana pipe in the center console. Deputies also seized two cell phones and $2,229 in cash on Quimby and in the car.

Quimby denied ownership of anything in the Acura, but said the money belonged to his “boss.”

Quimby and Wenthold’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 14.