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Law enforcement activity leads to drug arrests in Pipestone

PIPESTONE -- The Pipestone County Sheriff's Office arrested two women on unrelated drug charges last week while going about other business.

On May 25, a deputy went to a residence in Pipestone to advise Michelle Marie Gallop, 21, that the car she had reported stolen had been located in Virginia, Minn.

He ended up arresting Gallop for possession of methamphetamine.

The complaint states Gallop reported her vehicle stolen around 10 a.m. on May 25, and told authorities she believed a man who had been at her house stole the car while she was sleeping a couple of days earlier.

She had gotten a text message from a friend stating the car might be in the Virginia area, so authorities contacted the Virginia Police Department and were advised a short time later that they had located the man and Gallop's car.

When the deputy went to Gallop's residence to inform her the car had been found, she invited the deputy inside.

Since she had reported her check card was inside the vehicle when it was stolen, the deputy asked if she had noticed any use on the card, then waited while she used her computer to check her bank statement.

While he was waiting, the deputy noticed a pop can that had been modified in a way used to smoke marijuana.

The can, he reported, was sitting on the top of an open garbage container in full view.

Plucking the can out of the garbage, the deputy asked Gallop about it.

She stated she had found it in her house and thought the man who had stolen her car had left it there.

Then the deputy saw four plastic sandwich bags that contained small amounts of marijuana next to where the pop can had been.

Gallop, he noted, became very nervous, and kept glancing toward the refrigerator.

The deputy looked at the fridge and saw a pen sitting on top with meth residue.

He placed Gallop under arrest, and while he was walking her to his squad car she told him there were two scales and a pipe under her mattress in her bedroom.

The deputy applied for and executed a search warrant, and with other officers, found numerous baggies with meth and marijuana residue, drug paraphernalia and assorted pills.

She was later charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession. Gallop's bond was set Friday at $5,000.

On Tuesday, bond was set at $1,000 for a Holland woman who was pulled over for speeding Thursday and ended up being arrested because of the contents of her vehicle and lack of a driver's license.

According to the criminal complaint, a Pipestone County deputy spotted a vehicle travelling at 68 miles per hour in a 55 zone near rural Holland.

He pulled the car over and immediately recognized the driver as April Lee Petroff, 29, of Holland.

The complaint states the deputy was aware of Petroff's methamphetamine use and abuse, and noted she seemed fidgety.

When he asked where she was going, she allegedly stated she was going to Pipestone to pick up her child from play practice at the Performing Arts Center.

She said she was in the play, as well, and was going to practice.

When the deputy contacted a relative to pick up the child, he was told the child was already with the relative and had been all day.

Petroff had been cited by the Minnesota State Patrol just 10 days earlier for driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety.

The deputy was aware of her cancelled license status, and advised her she was under arrest.

When asked if she had any drugs on her, Petroff allegedly admitted there were drugs in her purse.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located some pills, a pair of brass knuckles and the purse, which contained a small baggie of meth, a baggie of marijuana, a pen tube that tested positive for meth and other drug paraphernalia.

Petroff was charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession, driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety and possession of a dangerous weapon.

An application for a public defender was approved Tuesday.

Since 1999, Petroff has received at least a dozen citations for speeding and has been charged with driving while impaired three times. She was convicted of fifth-degree assault in 2008.