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Women charged with drug possession

Two area women face the prospect of decades in prison after Cottage Grove Police found them in possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Highway 61.

One of the women, Alycia M. Ries, 20, of Stillwater, allegedly tried to hide about 4.5 grams of meth in her groin, after the car she was riding in was stopped July 20 near Jamaica Avenue, according to the Washington County Court Complaint.

Police allegedly found 9.43 grams of meth on the other woman, Sarah Beth Hause, 18, of Marine on St. Croix, according to the court complaint.

The Cottage Grove officer spotted the vehicle, with a male driver and three passengers, traveling at about 75 miles per hour, according to the complaint. The officer said after the car's occupants saw his squad car, a flurry of movement began, according to the complaint. The officer identified the driver, and found that his license had been revoked, and noted that he appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant drug. Another officer at the scene noticed that Ries was acting suspiciously in the back of his squad car, and Ries told the officer that she had removed drugs from her person and concealed the methamphetamine in the crack of the seat in the squad car.

The driver told officers that the other passenger in the car had passed the drugs to the women.

Police obtained a search warrant, and then found the drugs concealed on Hause.

Hause faces a charge of one count of second-degree drug possession. The maximum penalty is 25 years in prison and $500,000 for a first controlled substance conviction, and 40 years in prison, and $500,000 for a second or subsequent conviction.

Ries faces a charge of one count of third-degree drug possession. The maximum penalty is 20 years and $250,000 for a first controlled substance conviction, and 30 years and $250,000 for a second or subsequent conviction.

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