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Two arrested for marijuana and tax stamps

Traffic stop occurred January 18 in Washington County
By David Hotle | Aug 11, 2014

A Washington man and a Brighton woman were arrested over the weekend and each charged with the Class D felonies of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and failure to affix a tax stamp.
Both Gardelino Montanez, 49, of Washington, and Gia Ann Gray, 45, of Brighton remain in the Washington County Jail under a $5,000 bond. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Jan. 18 of this year.
According to court reports, at about 3:44 a.m. Jan. 18, a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop at Redwood Avenue and State Highway 92. The report said Montanez was driving the vehicle and that Gray was the front seat passenger. During the stop, the report said that the deputy detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The report said that a search took place and on the front passenger side floorboard where Gray was sitting deputies located an orange and black bag containing 30.23 grams of marijuana along with 102 plastic zip lock baggies. The report said Gray provided a written statement that Montanez was responsible for the bag.
The marijuana was sent to the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation lab for analysis, in which it was confirmed to be marijuana.
The court reports also said that the baggies did not have affixed the appropriate stamp, label or other official indicia.
A Class D felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500.

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