Sioux Falls Woman Behind Bars, Accused Of Felony Drug Possession, OWI

Hawarden, Iowa — A Sioux Falls woman has been arrested on a felony drug charge after a traffic stop near Hawarden.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Sioux County Clerk of Court’s Office by the county sheriff’s office, 43-year-old Christina Johnson of Sioux Falls is accused of the illegal possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested on Sunday, February 18th.

In his statement, the deputy says he first noticed something was amiss when a car driven by Johnson did not dim its headlights. After stopping the car, the deputy says Johnson showed signs of impairment. He says he also found marijuana in her backpack and a glass pipe.

Since she had been convicted on two previous occasions of the illegal possession of a controlled substance, Johnson was charged with third-offense possession, a class D felony. If convicted, Johnson could face up to five years in prison. She also faces misdemeanor charges of operating under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to dim headlights, and speeding.

She faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on Tuesday, February 27th.

At last report, she remained in the Sioux County Jail in Orange City in lieu of a $5000 bond.


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