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Woman involved in car chase arrested on more drug charges

A Mitchell woman who had no criminal history in South Dakota before Wednesday has now been arrested on eight felony charges.

After executing search warrants on a car and backpack belonging to Malissa Garmong, 27, police said they found about four ounces of methamphetamine, "owe sheets," a lorazepam pill, a scale and a handgun with its serial number removed.

On Wednesday afternoon, Garmong was charged with unauthorized possession of a controlled substance in schedules III or IV, unauthorized possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, violation of a drug-free zone and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

Authorities said that, in total, they recovered about a half pound of methamphetamine and four types of pills from Garmong's property, as well as the gun, scales, about $300 cash and various drug paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing.

Earlier that same day, after she had been a passenger in a car chase, Garmong had been arrested on three additional counts of unauthorized possession of a controlled substance in schedules III or IV and on one count of unauthorized possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II.

Unauthorized possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute is a Class 3 felony, violation of a drug-free zone is a Class 4 felony, unauthorized possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II is a Class 5 felony and unauthorized possession of a controlled substance in schedules III or IV and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number are both Class 6 felonies.

Between her eight felony charges, Garmong could face up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $80,000.

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