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Woman hit with drug charges after allegedly being seen with a joint at Robbins Island park

WILLMAR -- A 27-year-old Sauk Rapids woman made her first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on two felony drug charges for allegedly possessing 90 grams of marijuana and a bottle of liquid Oxycodone.

According to the complaint against Patricia Nancy Rosalie Peterson, she was arrested Monday after a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer, who was using a spotting scope to check on fisherman, spotted her around 2:45 p.m. in a vehicle handling a gallon-sized plastic bag of marijuana and then smoking a joint at Robbins Island Park.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. Conditional bail was set at $2,000. Her next appearance is April 19.

She also faces a petty misdemeanor charge for drug paraphernalia.

According to the complaint, the conservation officer stopped the vehicle, driven by another woman, and noticed a lot of movement by the occupants and then the smell of marijuana when the window was opened. A 17-year-old female juvenile passenger told CEE-VI Drug Task Force officers that all three women had been smoking marijuana. The driver said the drugs and paraphernalia belonged to Peterson.

A search of the vehicle revealed a total of 90 grams of marijuana, including the gallon-sized bag, the liquid Oxycodone, prescribed to another person, $370 in cash, pipes and a scale.

Peterson was arrested and allegedly told officers they were smoking marijuana and that all the drugs were hers. She claimed to not know how the liquid Oxycodone got into the vehicle.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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