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Woman hid pot in bra, police say
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A 19-year-old woman faces multiple charges after police allegedly found multiple bags of marijuana and a pipe hidden in her bra.

Tessa Marie Claussen, of Mitchell, was arrested Aug. 1 as a result of a traffic stop in the 600 block of East Havens Avenue. During the stop, a Mitchell police officer detected the smell of marijuana and later found a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle, according to court documents.

Claussen was taken to the Mitchell Public Safety Building, where law enforcement found several bags of marijuana and a pipe hidden in her bra, court documents say. Two of the bags allegedly contained smaller bags of marijuana that appeared to be packaged for distribution.

Claussen admitted to providing marijuana to a 17-year-old who was in her vehicle during the traffic stop, court documents say.

Claussen is charged with distribution of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana with the intent to distribute, both felonies with a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

She is scheduled to appear in court in September.

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