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Baldwin traffic stop turns up suspected drugs

A Baldwin traffic stop initiated by a broken windshield led to the discovery of felony levels of suspected methamphetamine and pot last week in a woman’s car.

St. Croix County prosecutors charged the driver, 29-year-old Kelly R. Sunday, with meth possession with intent to deliver and THC possession with intent to deliver. Sunday, a Ridgeland resident, made her initial court appearance March 29, where St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell ordered her to post a $1,000 cash bond.

According to a criminal complaint:

A St. Croix County sheriff’s deputy on patrol at 1:02 a.m. March 29 witnessed a Chevrolet Impala driving along 10th Avenue in Baldwin. The car had a horizontal crack from one end of the glass to the other that “spidered” near the center.

The deputy stopped the car after learning it had expired registration and its registered owner had a suspended license. The driver was seen reaching back behind the passenger seat as the officer approached.

The deputy smelled a strong odor of pot coming from the car.

The driver, identified as Sunday, said she was on her way from Glenwood City to a Hudson hotel.

While being questioned by the officer, Sunday picked up her phone and made a call, during which she told someone on the other line the location of the traffic stop and that her car was about to be searched.

The officer told her multiple times to hang up the call and she refused.

“This was a safety and security concern for me and she was delaying my investigation,” according to the report.

The officer then handcuffed Sunday and placed her in his squad.

A search of her vehicle turned up a purse that contained a digital scale and a small safe. A key on the keychain in the car that opened the safe, which was found to contain a crystal substance that later tested positive for meth.

The total weight of suspected meth found in the car was 0.84 ounces.

A backpack found behind the passenger seat contained five packages of a substance that tested positive for THC -- the active ingredient in marijuana -- along with two more digital scales. The combined weight of suspected pot was 0.55 pounds.

A notebook with names and cash amounts was seized, as was $460 in cash.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for April 21.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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