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Minneapolis woman faces multiple drug, firearm charges in Carlton County

A Minneapolis woman faces nine different criminal charges stemming from a May traffic stop in Carlton County.

Larice Ann Smith, 23, was charged in Carlton County Court with first-degree felony controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, felon convicted of a firearm violation as well as two more felony fifth-degree drug charges and one felony receiving stolen property along with three more misdemeanor charges.

Smith was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for suspicious driving conduct by the Fond du Lac Police Department at approximately 3:30 a.m. May 16.

According to the criminal complaint:

When the car was stopped, Smith originally gave officers her sister’s name and birthdate as her own, but her sister identified her later and Smith was promptly arrested.

According to the complaint, while police were removing Smith from the front passenger seat, they discovered a loaded firearm near her feet. Directly next to the firearm police allegedly found approximately 70 grams of methamphetamine and two grams of heroin.

Later at the Carlton County Jail, jail staff discovered Xanax pills in Smith’s possession. She did not have a prescription for the pills, which she was allegedly trying to smuggle into the jail with other drug paraphernalia.

After Smith was correctly identified at the jail, law enforcement discovered that she had been convicted May 10 in Carlton County of fifth-degree controlled substance, a felony crime of violence under Minnesota law. Smith had been sentenced to 75 days in Carlton County Jail for that charge, but was credited with 50 days of time served. The previous conviction made Smith ineligible to possess any firearm.

After investigating the firearm found with Smith in the car, law enforcement officials discovered the gun had been recently stolen from Iron River, Wis.

Smith allegedly admitted to law enforcement that she had also used the firearm in a robbery in Superior, Wis., which is how she acquired the methamphetamine and heroin found in her possession.

Smith has two previous convictions for giving a false name to officers as well as one pending case of giving a false name.

She currently has an open court case in Anoka County for felony fifth-degree possession of marijuana.

Smith was scheduled to appear at the Carlton County Courthouse Wednesday, July 13, as the Pine Journal went to press.

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