Woman accused of finding 2 pounds of methamphetamine on I-90 – Albert Lea Tribune
A 40-year-old Texan woman was charged Tuesday by Freeborn County District Court with a first-degree controlled substance felony after authorities allegedly found her with more than two pounds of methamphetamine in her vehicle during a Sunday traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Hayward.
A Minnesota State Patrol soldier reportedly arrested Randi Lynn Laumbach, of Pampa, Texas, at 12:04 a.m. on Sunday after seeing the vehicle go from 70 mph to 60 mph and struggling to stay in its lane, according to reports. court documents. .
After the vehicle was stopped, Laumbach reportedly told the soldier that she was tired and was looking at the soldier in her mirrors and did not know where she was going.
Court documents say the soldier suspected the woman of being involved in drug trafficking because she acted nervously with shaking hands, quick speech and pale, clammy skin. She said she drove from Texas about 28 hours to Rochester and stayed there for 24 to 36 hours before returning home. She reportedly drove 14 hours to visit a friend in Rochester but did not know where she was staying when she reached her destination.
The woman is said to have had inconsistencies in her account of her trip and was also driving a vehicle recently purchased and registered in her name for less than a day.
A K-9 narcotics dog alerted the soldier to the smell of narcotics first along the front grille of the car, then sniffing the interior of the vehicle, immediately jumped into the back seat and started to alert on a dark colored sports bag.
When the soldier searched the vehicle, he allegedly found a pipe which subsequently tested positive for methamphetamine in the field, and an orange container which contained 3.1 grams of a clear crystalline substance which tested positive for methamphetamine. methamphetamine.
A .22 caliber handgun was in the side pocket of the bag in the back seat, and inside the bag was a Ziploc bag containing a clear crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. He weighed about 2.2 pounds.
In court on Tuesday, Laumbach appeared for a virtual hearing, in which Judge Steve Schwab ordered the unconditional bond to be set at $ 100,000 and the conditional bond at $ 50,000.
She is then due in court on October 14.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a fine of $ 1 million, with a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years and two months if convicted.