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Two arrested on I-90 for marijuana

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South Dakota Highway Patrol arrested two people Jan. 13 for possessing drugs with the intent to distribute them.

Madeline King, 23, of Aberdeen, was driving a 2003 Honda Civic on Interstate 90 when Trooper John Lord pulled her over for going 79 mph in a 75 mph zone. Lord wrote in his report he noticed both King and her passenger, Michael Gardner, 24, of Pierre, were nervous. He also noted an overwhelming odor of air freshener in the car.

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Court documents state Lord interviewed King, who revealed they had been to Rapid City and Colorado recently, and they used drugs recreationally sometimes.

Lord deployed his drug dog, Aros, who indicated the odor of drugs coming from the car. Lord’s search of the vehicle produced 5 ounces of marijuana in various containers, a digital scale, pipes, baggies and other paraphernalia.

King and Gardner were each arrested for the intent to distribute 1 ounce but less than a half pound of marijuana, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; possession of more than 2 ounces of marijuana, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. They are also each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

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