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Washington woman arrested for possessing 10 pounds of marijuana in Hanson Co.

South Dakota Highway Patrol. (Republic file photo)

HANSON COUNTY — A Washington woman was arrested and charged with three felonies after a traffic stop uncovered she possessed more than 10 pounds of marijuana.

On Jan. 16, 22-year-old Alma Gabriel-Miguel was pulled over on Interstate 90 after a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper allegedly witnessed her traveling 95 mph in an 80 mph zone.

The trooper could smell marijuana and searched the vehicle, according to court documents. The trooper found "well over" 10 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and THC edibles.

According to court documents, Gabriel-Miguel, of Tacoma, Washington, told police she was on her way to Tennessee and admitted to smoking marijuana two hours prior to the stop.

She was arrested and charged with possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana, a Class 3 felony; possession with intent to distribute more than one pound of marijuana, a Class 3 felony; ingesting an intoxicant other than alcohol, misdemeanor; speeding, misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance, a Class 5 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor.

Class 3 felonies are punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine for each count. Class 5 felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.