A 21-year-old St. Paul woman has been charged with felony drug possession in the fifth degree, by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.
On May 16, a woman claiming to be Jessie Ray Valadez was driving a vehicle stopped by a Little Falls police officer for a non-functioning rear license plate lamp. The driver allegedly appeared nervous and the officer asked her to step out of the vehicle before he observed a meth pipe in the storage sleeve of the driver’s side door. The woman told the officer she was going from Omaha, Neb. to Aitkin to visit friends and she had gotten lost in Little Falls along the way.
The officer seized the meth pipe, which tested positive for methamphetamine. When the driver was arrested, she continued to use the name Jessie Ray Valadez, but fingerprints revealed her identity to be Talia Rae Hoffman.
Hoffman’s driving record showed her driving privileges had been suspended because she failed to appear in both Ramsey and Hennepin counties for traffic tickets.
In addition to the felony charge, Hoffman was charged with giving a peace officer a false name and driving after suspension, a gross misdemeanor and a misdemeanor.
If convicted, Hoffman faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.