A Camp Douglas woman out on bail is again facing felony meth charges after her arrest in New Lisbon.
Tara Scott, 33, of Camp Douglas, is charged with felony possession with intent to distribute narcotics, felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of THC, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
She faces up to 15 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000, or both, for the possession with intent to distribute charge, and up to three years and six months in prison or a fine of up to $10,000, or both, for the possession of methamphetamine charge.
According to the criminal complaint:
At about 12:33 p.m. May 28, Officer Kyle Walker was on patrol near the intersection of 1st St. and N. Washington St. when he observed a blue Dodge Stratus leave the parking lot. As the vehicle passed Walker, he visually identified Tara Scott operating the vehicle, whom Walker knew previously did not have a driver’s license and was involved in illegal drug activity.
Walker followed Scott and then activated his emergency lights and siren to start a traffic stop of operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license. Scott pulled over into Gary’s Auto parking lot on W. State St.
Walker approached the vehicle, but before he could identify himself Scott said his name and told Walker her son was in the hospital in Rochester and she was on the way to see him. Walker noted that Scott was not heading in the direction of Rochester, and she had pajama pants on, leading him to believe she was not telling the truth about where she was headed.
The officer explained to Scott why he pulled her over, and asked if she had any drugs in the vehicle. Scott voluntarily gave Walker two marijuana roaches, and said all she used was marijuana.
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Scott continued talking to Walker while crying, during which he noticed the mucus coming from her nose was white in color, consistent with someone who had snorted an illegal drug. Scott’s demeanor was “up-and-down,” acting calmly and then very defensive on trivial topics.
Walker observed a small “gem” style bag in the front passenger seat containing a pill cut in half. Asked what was in the bag, Scott said it was a “generic Oxy” that she picked up and was planning to sell for gas money to get to Rochester. Scott did not have a prescription for the drug.
The officer radioed for assistance to search the vehicle. Walker told Scott he would also search her person for any illegal or harmful items, based on the probable cause he had already found. Scott became defensive, and said he could not touch her “privates.” Officer Walker said he would not at that time, but his statement led Walker to believe she had something illegal hidden. A search did not reveal anything illegal or harmful.
Walker searched the vehicle, locating a second “gem” bag that was empty and a razor nearby, which were placed into evidence. Walker informed Scott he was placing her under arrest.
After handcuffing Scott, Walker asked if she had anything on her person he might have missed during the search, and if she did the jail would locate it and she would be subjected to additional criminal charges. Scott said she had nothing else.
While excorting Scott to jail, Walker called and requested a “strip search” for Scott. At the jail, Walker spoke to Lieutenant Hoag and explained that he believed Scott still had illegal drugs on her person, and Hoag approved the search.
During the booking process, they informed Scott of the “strip search.” She became defensive and said they could not do the search, after which Hoag explained jail policies and procedures on strip searches.
Scott told them she had a bag of weed, and provided a clear bag with a green leafy substance to Hoag. Hoag informer Scott she would still be searched. Scott then reached into the back of her pants and pulled a second bag out, which she said was methamphetamine.
Tests on the bags came back positive for marijuana and methamphetamine. The marijuana weighed about 0.5 grams and the methamphetamine weighed about 0.25 grams.
Scott is has a preliminary hearing June 13 at the Juneau County Justice Center.
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