Pine County deputies took a quarter-pound of meth off the streets last week during a traffic stop. Ong Xiong, a 43-year-old Cottage Grove woman, is facing felony charges for drug possession.
According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 15 a Pine County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on a routine patrol on Tigua Road outside Pine City when he observed two vehicles leaving what was described in the report as “a known drug house.” One vehicle immediately pulled back into the driveway, but the other vehicle, a Honda Pilot, kept going. The deputy noticed the vehicle drifting over the fog line numerous times and also noticed a crack in the windshield. The vehicle turned on to Interstate 35 heading north where a traffic stop was initiated.
The deputy said when he approached the vehicle he immediately detected the odor of marijuana. He said the driver appeared nervous and the passenger also appeared nervous and began calling and sending text messages to people on her phone. After giving the deputy a false name the passenger was identified as Xiong.
A search of the vehicle turned up two small baggies containing a white crystalline material consistent with methamphetamine in the back passenger door, and 1.4 grams of marijuana along with glass pipes with methamphetamine residue. There were several air fresheners and dryer sheets shoved in compartments and under the seats throughout the vehicle.
Deputies reported they located a purse behind Xiong’s seat in which they found a scale, several small baggies with a white crystalline material consistent with methamphetamine, and two Ziploc baggies containing a large amount of methamphetamine. The total uncertified weight of the methamphetamine found in the purse was 113.6 grams, just over a quarter-pound.
According to law enforcement, in a subsequent interview Xiong admitted purchasing the methamphetamine.
If convicted, Xiong faces not less than 65 months nor more than 40 years and/or $1,000,000 fine for the felony drug charge and 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine for giving the deputy a false name.