Merrifield woman charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors

McKenzie Florence Craig, 19, Merrifield, was charged Feb. 11 with two felony counts of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of fourth degree DWI, open bottle and driving after revocation.

A Minnesota Trooper, while on patrol, saw a vehicle on the shoulder of Highway 371 in Morrison County. He observed a woman in the front seat and a man changing a tire. The man said he was called by the driver to change the tire. He left when he finished.

The driver was identified as Craig and the Trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. Craig allegedly admitted she possessed marijuana.

During a search of the vehicle, the Trooper allegedly located a small plastic baggie with a white powder which later field-tested positive for heroin. He also found a hypodermic needle, small squares of aluminum foil with burnt residue, a bag of a green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana and an open bottle of gin.

According to the criminal complaint, Craig admitted to both using heroin within the past two hours and driving from Brainerd to Spicer. She allegedly said she may have hit a rock, causing the flat tire.

Craig was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and driving while under the influence and taken to the Morrison County Jail.

An examination of Craig’s driving record showed her driving privileges had been revoked.

If convicted, Craig faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.