Gortons face prison for possession of drugs

On Jan. 19, in Morrison County District Court, Jennifer Fayanne Gorton, 25, was charged with one felony count of fifth degree possession of not a small amount of marijuana and Corey Raymond Gorton, 23, was charged with two felony counts of fifth degree possession of not a small amount of marijuana. Both are from Little Falls.

On Jan. 18, a Little Falls police officer witnessed a vehicle drive through a stop sign. He followed the vehicle until it came to a stop. He then approached the car, observing a female driver and a male passenger in the back seat. On closer inspection, he saw a person on the front passenger floor boards, allegedly attempting to hide from the officer.

The person on the floor identified herself as Jennifer Gorton and allegedly admitted she had a warrant out for her arrest.

At the same time, another officer arrived and he recognized the backseat passenger as Corey Gorton. The second officer allegedly located a pipe with white residue on it in Corey’s pocket. The pipe later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

A baggie was allegedly found in Corey’s pocket containing 22 pills, later identified as Percocet, a schedule II controlled substance which cannot be possessed without a valid prescription.

An inventory search of the vehicle allegedly located a digital scale, a hypodermic syringe and a pill bottle containing methamphetamine.

If convicted, Jennifer Gorton and Corey Gorton each face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.