NATASHA SAM

A St. Cloud woman, Natasha Sam, 25, has been charged with a felony third-degree drug charge, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and aiding an offender on supervised release for an incident on Sept. 25.

According to the complaint:

Officers from the Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department observed a person known to have an active warrant from the Department of Corrections in a vehicle while the officers were on foot patrol near the 16000 block of Attage Drive in Onamia.

When officers approached the vehicle, an officer identified Sam as the driver.

After officers commanded the vehicle to stop, Sam began to back up, forcing an officer to pound on the trunk and again demand the vehicle stop as it nearly hit him.

While the vehicle was briefly stopped, an officer opened a back door at which point Sam looked at the officer and then proceeded to speed forward and away from the officers.

After traveling approximately a quarter mile on Ataage Drive, the vehicle stopped and a passenger exited the vehicle and ran into the woods.

After officers arrested Sam, they found an empty hypodermic needle in the map compartment and a hollowed tube next to another back seat passenger who also had several empty small clear baggies in his pocket.

A white purse containing paper, tin foil bindles and a marble sized rock wrapped in plastic was found on the floor of the driver’s seat. The front seat passenger told officers that the purse belonged to Sam.

The content of the bindles was a gray powder that tested positive for heroin. The rock also tested positive for heroin. The rock weighed over 2 grams with the total weight of the heroin found over 3 grams.

The third-degree felony drug charge comes with a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and/or a $250,000 fine.

Fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle is a felony with a maximum jail sentence of three years and one day and/or a $5,000 fine.

Aiding an offender on supervised release is a felony with a maximum jail sentence of three years and/or a $5,000 fine.

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