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Oregon woman arrested for 122 pounds of marijuana

CHAMBERLAIN—An Oregon woman was arrested last weekend for allegedly driving 122 pounds of marijuana through Brule County.

At 12:22 p.m. on March 30, a Highway Patrol officer saw a vehicle with Oregon plates traveling eastbound on Interstate 90 below the speed limit. According to court documents, the officer observed 32-year-old Jasmine Bradford, or Portland, Oregon, driving the vehicle and sitting rigidly, though not committing any traffic violations.

Both the officer and Bradford exited the interstate and pulled into a Chamberlain gas station, where they began a conversation. Bradford reportedly said that she was traveling from Oregon to Arkansas to visit her grandmother and eventually began talking about law enforcement training, stating that she was studying to become a law enforcement officer.

The officer asked Bradford if he could search her vehicle, and she declined. The officer walked a service dog around the vehicle, and the dog alerted, leading to a probable cause search.

The search allegedly yielded four large and two small boxes containing 122 bags of marijuana and weighing a total of 122 pounds, as well as a 9mm pistol that Bradford reportedly said belonged to her.

Bradford is charged with possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute one pound or more of marijuana, both of which are Class 3 felonies. Her most serious charge is for allegedly committing a felony while carrying a firearm, a Class 2 felony. She is also charged with use or possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted on all counts, she could be incarcerated for more than 55 years.