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Fargo residents face drug-related charges

A 3 a.m. traffic stop in a Valley City motel parking lot Monday resulted in two Fargo residents being arrested and charged with drug-related crimes, according to the Valley City Police Department.

Semereab Tesfaye, 25, Fargo, and Jolynn Hughes, 33, Fargo, were each charged in Southeast District Court Tuesday with possession of a controlled substance–marijuana, possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine, possession of a drug paraphernalia–methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia—marijuana.

The possession of a controlled substance charges and the possession of drug paraphernalia–methamphetamine are Class C felonies. The possession of drug paraphernalia–marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor. The maximum penalty for a Class C felony is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The maximum penalty for a Class A misdemeanor is one year in prison and a $3,000 fine.

According to the police report, Tesfaye was a driving a white Chevrolet Impala and Hughes was a passenger. Valley City Police Sgt. Dana Rustebakke allegedly saw Tesfaye drive through a stop sign without coming to a complete stop at Exit 292 on Interstate 94. Rustebakke followed the Chevrolet and pulled the vehicle over at a motel on 11th Street Southwest in Valley City.

The report said Rustebakke allegedly detected an odor of marijuana while standing near the vehicle. Rustebakke questioned Tesfaye and Hughes and one of them allegedly revealed the presence of partially smoked marijuana cigarettes in the ash tray of the vehicle.

The report said a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of small plastic bags that allegedly contained material believed to be marijuana and methamphetamine. The search also allegedly resulted in the finding of a digital scale and other items.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this matter is asked to call the Valley City Police Department at (701) 845-3110.