COUNCIL BLUFFS — An Englewood, California, woman arrested last week faces felony charges of drug possession after a traffic stop for speeding uncovered 6.6 pounds of methamphetamine in her car, according to authorities.
The 33-year-old woman is charged with a controlled substance violation punishable by up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
On Thursday, she was being held at the Pottawattamie County Jail on $50,000 bail.
According to Council Bluffs police, an officer pulled the woman over at 2:32 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 80 for driving 60 mph in a 55 mph zone and following too closely.
The woman told police that the Ford Explorer she was driving was a rental car but that she did not have the rental agreement with her, according to a police report.
The officer could smell marijuana.
The woman told police that she was driving from California to Chicago and back, and police learned that her driver’s license was suspended in California, the report says.
The woman was visibly nervous, police said.
She admitted that she had a few grams of marijuana in her purse but denied having any other illegal substances in the Explorer, the report says.
But investigators found a black bag in a cooler, which contained a “hard brown substance,” plus an “abnormal bulge” in the cooler’s lining, the report says.
Police say they found 6.6 pounds of meth and four vacuum-sealed packages, which they think contained the powerful opioid fentanyl.
The packages were collected at the scene for testing.
The results are pending.
The woman denied knowledge of the drugs, the report says.
Her next hearing is Nov. 26.
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