COVID quarantine claim stops possible drug search

Posted 10/14/21

GILLETTE (WNE) — The possible search of the home of a Gillette woman, who was under suspicion of drug activity, was postponed Sunday after she claimed her home was under COVID-19 …

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COVID quarantine claim stops possible drug search

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GILLETTE (WNE) — The possible search of the home of a Gillette woman, who was under suspicion of drug activity, was postponed Sunday after she claimed her home was under COVID-19 quarantine.

The incident began Saturday night when officers pulled over a 28-year-old woman driving a white 2011 Ford SUV near Ninth Street and Church Avenue for a license plate light violation.

A 28-year-old woman was driving the SUV, which belonged to a 33-year-old woman. A police dog indicated on the car and 58 grams of suspected Spice were found inside, along with 15 dextroamphetamine pills and a digital scale, said Police Cpl. Dan Stroup.

Those items were seized and the 28-year-old woman was not charged with anything.

The next day, officers went to the apartment of the SUV’s owner in the 800 block of North Gurley Avenue. While talking to her at the door, officers smelled raw marijuana coming from her apartment. She would not give consent to search, but handed over a marijuana grinder with less than 1 gram of weed in it, Stroup said.

When officers applied for a search warrant, she said her kids were inside and positive for COVID-19, putting her apartment in quarantine.

Officers left the area with charges still pending. The investigation is ongoing, Stroup said.

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