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Woman faces drug charge

FAIRMONT — A Manhattan, Kansas, woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Ariel Nicole Greeley, 27, has been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On June 20, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper exited the eastbound lane on Interstate 90 at exit 102 in Martin County and was following a silver Chevrolet Equinox down the cloverleaf exit ramp. The trooper observed the vehicle drive over the white fog line for a significant distance while exiting.

The vehicle stopped at the stop sign and turned on to Highway 15. The trooper activated his emergency lights and the vehicle pulled over a few hundred feet south of the interstate.

The trooper approached the vehicle and informed the driver, later identified as Greeley, of the reason for the stop and to make sure she was all right to be driving.

While speaking with Greeley, the trooper could smell the odor of marijuana. When asked about the odor, Greeley denied there was any contraband in the vehicle, but said her aunt is from Colorado and uses marijuana.

The trooper asked Greeley for consent to search the vehicle, which she refused.

The trooper asked Greeley for consent to have his K9 sniff the vehicle, which she also refused.

Greeley was then instructed to exit her vehicle, and complied with the order.

The trooper deployed his K9 to sniff the exterior of the vehicle, and the K9 alerted for the presence of controlled substances.

The trooper executed a search of the vehicle and discovered two containers, each containing one gram of THC wax concentrate.

A THC vaporizer device was discovered in Greeley’s purse. Greeley admitted the items found belonged to her.

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