I-35 driver charged with multiple felonies

A 25-year-old Lake Elmo, Minn., woman has been accused of illegally possessing a firearm and prescription pills while attempting to use another’s identity during an early morning traffic stop in Wyoming.

Kamy Gwen Dexter was arrested at 2:33 a.m. Thursday, March 27, and subsequently charged with being an ineligible person in possession of a pistol and fifth-degree drug possession, both felonies, along with a gross misdemeanor count of giving a false name to a peace officer.

On March 28, Dexter appeared in Chisago County District Court, where bail was set at $50,000 without conditions or $20,000 with conditions including no use or possession of controlled substances and random testing. She also is required to provide a list of prescriptions prior to release.

According to the criminal complaint:

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Thursday, March 27, an officer stopped a vehicle for driving erratically on southbound Interstate 35, around the area of east Viking Boulevard.

The driver of the suspect vehicle claimed she was “very tired” and was on her way to visit her father at a hospital in the Twin Cities. She appeared exhausted, with bloodshot eyes, the officer observed, and she provided a driver’s identification that proved suspicious due to the picture not matching the suspect.

As the suspect got out of the vehicle for field sobriety tests, several small pills fell from her lap and onto the pavement. “They are Midol,” she told the inquiring officer. The suspect dropped additional blue pills onto the ground during the sobriety tests. The pills were identified as Diazepam, a scheduled 4 controlled substance.

The suspect said she did take several prescription pills that would cause drowsiness prior to driving. She admitted that she did not have a prescription for the Diazepam and noted there were “pills all over my truck.”

The officer then arrested and placed the suspect in his squad before discovering a glass pipe containing a substance that smelled like burnt marijuana during an inventory search of the suspect vehicle. Also found were about five pill bottles containing prescription medications labeled with names of other people.

By this time, the suspect had assured the officer that there were no other illegal items or weapons in the vehicle. But as a tow truck loaded it onto the truck’s flatbed, a handgun identified as a black Taurus .38-caliber special fell onto the driver’s side floor of the suspect vehicle. The officer believed the gun, which had a live round in the chamber, had been tucked up underneath the dash.

When asked about the discovery, the suspect said the gun was not hers and did not know anything about it. Later, she said she bought the gun a few days before and had a permit to carry. The officer confirmed the woman had a valid permit after dispatch looked up the name the woman first provided.

After informing the suspect that failure to carry her permit on her person and notify law enforcement of the firearm are violations, the officer took a closer look at the woman’s identification. It wasn’t until she was booked and fingerprinted at the Chisago County Jail that her true identity was revealed.

Also at the jail, the suspect dropped more pills onto the floor, and a search of her undergarments yielded $193 and three additional pill bottles. She claimed the name on one of the bottles was her father’s, and that she was bringing him his medication.

A review of Dexter’s criminal history shows she was convicted of fifth-degree possession on Jan. 18, 2011, in Ramsey County, and she was sentenced to a felony. As a result, she is ineligible to possess firearms.

Dexter’s next court appearance is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9.

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