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Chaska woman faces drug, weapon charges

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WORTHINGTON — Noy Maomee, 31, of Chaska, will make her initial appearance in Nobles County District Court next week to face three counts of fifth-degree drug possession and one count of possessing a firearm with an altered serial number, all felonies, following a traffic stop last week.

According to court documents, Maomee was pulled over after failing to use a turn signal. Once the stop was initiated, the Worthington police officer noticed Maomee was behaving in a manner consistent with being under the influence of methamphetamine.

When the officer asked permission to search the vehicle, Maomee refused. A K-9 unit was brought to sniff the outside of the vehicle, and the dog alerted to the driver’s door. When searched, law enforcement discovered two glass pipes that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Maomee was then arrested for drug possession. As she walked to the officer’s vehicle, she said she would be likely test positive for methamphetamine. A look through Maomee’s handbag yielded a small plastic baggie containing a white crystalline substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

While searching the vehicle, the officer noted that the car stereo and gear shifter had been tampered with. In a compartment accessed through the gear shifter, the officer found a pistol with the serial number scratched off. Another baggie of methamphetamine was discovered in the backseat.

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Maomee is currently out of Nobles County Jail after posting bond. Her bond had been set at $25,000 with conditions and $50,000 without.

If convicted, the fifth-degree possession charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both with a mandatory minimum of three years. The firearm charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both with no mandatory minimum.

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