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Woman faces criminal charges for Cottage Grove meth-related incident

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A woman appeared in Washington County District Court last week on multiple drug charges, including allegations that she possessed a half-pound of methamphetamines during a Cottage Grove traffic stop.

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The amounts of drugs discovered are clear indications Brand was selling the product, according to a Woodbury investigator.

"That's a fair amount that would indicate it's not for personal use," said Woodbury police Cmdr. Jay Alberio.

Danielle Brand, 25, of Oakdale, appeared in court Thursday, July 12, on new felony drug charges after first being arrested in February 2012.

She was charged Feb. 9 with one count of first-degree meth possession after being stopped in a vehicle that Cottage Grove police said contained a half-pound of meth. She was released on bail the next day but was arrested again on May 22 after a traffic stop that Woodbury police said turned up more than a quarter-pound of meth and a stolen computer.

Brand was charged with first-degree drug possession and receiving stolen property in that case.

In the May 22 incident, Woodbury police attempted to stop an SUV for a traffic violation. The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle, which sped up and entered Interstate 494, eventually pulling over off 10th Street in Oakdale.

The driver, Brand, told the officer the vehicle -- which was flagged for expired registration -- was her sister's. A check on the vehicle revealed it belonged to someone else.

A Washington County K-9 unit performed a "sniff" of the vehicle; the dog was drawn to the rear of the vehicle - an action that made Brand nervous, according to the complaint.

Police seized the vehicle and executed a search warrant on it. A bag inside the vehicle allegedly allegedly contained a substance that later tested positive for meth. Police said the bag contained more than a quarter pound of the drug.

Police also found several computer items inside a bag bearing Brand's name, including a laptop computer that had been reported stolen from the Glenwood City, Wis., Public Library in March 2011.

That incident followed a Feb. 8 traffic stop near 92nd Street and Hale Avenue in Cottage Grove, where police pulled over a vehicle driven by Brand that was leaving a residence under investigation for narcotics activity.

While being questioned by police, officers noticed that Brand began sweating and acting nervous, according to a complaint filed in that case.

A search of Brand's purse turned up a bag of meth weighing a half-pound, the complaint states. Police also seized a "large amount of cash" comprised of $20 and $100 bills, in addition to baggies and a digital scale disguised as a cellphone. The complaint states the scale was covered in white powder consistent with meth.

Police also seized notebooks in Brand's purse with notes that officers suspected were related to drug sales.

Brand's Minnesota criminal history includes a 2009 conviction for fifth-degree drug possession.

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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