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Woman sentenced for drugs

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Tambra Ann Laws, 50, of Bagley has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI, driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more.

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An identical felony drug charge, as well as a gross misdemeanor charge of third-degree DWI, were dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records:

On July 17, 2008,a motorist flagged down a state trooper to tell him about a white van that had been "weaving all over the road." The trooper observed the van, activated his video camera, and pulled over Laws on Highway 59 in Becker County.

Her preliminary blood alcohol level tested at .11 percent. It tested at .09 percent two hours later at the jail.

In the squad car, she asked the trooper to get her "happy pills" out of the van. He found a mix of pills, including Viagra, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, Sudafed and aspirin, as well as an empty prescription bottle for the painkiller Hydrocodone.

She told the trooper it was a good thing he got her off the road because she was "high as a kite."

She appeared before District Judge Joe Evans Tuesday. He stayed adjudication for five years and placed her on supervised probation for five years.

She was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with work release privileges granted. She must abstain from drugs and alcohol and stay out of bars.

She was fined $1,000 plus court fees. She can do community service work in lieu of the fine. A chemical use assessment was ordered, along with random drug testing.

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