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Minnesota Woman Faces Felony, Drug Charges

Larchwood, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports they found drugs in the possession of a Minnesota woman over the weekend, and when she is arrested, she faces a felony charge in connection with the incident.

Sheriff’s deputies report that on Saturday, October 5, 2019, they made contact with an individual in the parking lot of the Grand Falls Casino west of Larchwood. Drug use was suspected. K9 Athos indicated to the odor of illegal drugs.

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says that deputies didn’t have any reasonable cause to arrest 38-year-old Rachel Spencer of Fairmont, Minnesota when they talked to her, they just told her that they suspected drugs and had asked for a search warrant. Since they couldn’t arrest her, she walked into the casino. But Vander Stoep says that was the last they saw her. He suspects she got a ride from someone else away from the casino property. Vander Stoep says they found out later that she also gave deputies a false name.

Deputies did apply for a search warrant, and upon receiving approval, searched the vehicle, and illegal drugs were located.

Arrest warrants were subsequently requested for Spencer.

A felony warrant was requested for a charge of forgery. Warrants on serious misdemeanor charges of possession of meth and possession of marijuana, and simple misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts); providing false information, fifth-degree; fraudulent practice; and no insurance were also issued, according to deputies.

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