Toni Elizabeth Lerol, 31, Thief River Falls, was sentenced for a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime – over 0.25 grams and a gross misdemeanor charge of third-degree DWI – controlled substance.
For the felony charge, Lerol was granted a 30- month stay of imposition, and her sentence is to be served concurrently with the DWI charge.
She was ordered to serve supervised probation for 30 months. Lerol was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. and provide a DNA sample. She was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives.
Lerol was also ordered to pay a $50 fee. For the DWI charge, she was sentenced to one year in jail stayed for 30 months. That sentence is to be served concurrently with the felony charge.
Lerol was ordered to serve supervised probation for 30 months. She was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. Lerol was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives. She was also ordered to pay $690 in fees and fines.
The charges stemmed from a Jan. 28 traffic stop after an officer learned that police had probable cause to arrest Lerol for fifth-degree controlled substance crime and methamphetamine-related crimes involving children.
She became angry and began asking questions regarding the charges, according to the complaint. Lerol initially resisted arrest, but she eventually complied.
Inside the locked vehicle, law enforcement could see a THC wax pen. THC is an ingredient in marijuana. Since the keys were locked inside the vehicle, K-9 Max was called into service. Lerol admitted to using meth earlier that day. She possessed two hypodermic needles.
As the sergeant escorted Lerol from the sally port to the interview room at the Law Enforcement Center, she was unable to stand still. This is a sign of possible drug impairment.
As he typed the search warrant for the car, Lerol wouldn’t sit still. She walked, paced, and wouldn’t stop talking. Lerol failed three of four field sobriety tests. A search warrant was soon signed for her blood or urine.
After the sergeant returned to the room, Lerol spontaneously uttered that she had drugs in her car. He noted that Lerol seemed to be high on meth since she was acting erratically and speaking quickly.
In a formal statement with the sergeant, Lerol again admitted using meth earlier that day. Lerol initially declined to talk about the drugs that she had earlier said were inside her car. After the statement ended, Lerol said she wanted to get help.
The sergeant said that didn’t appear to be true since she wasn’t forthcoming about the drugs in her car. Lerol asked him to turn his recorder back on. She then admitted meth and paraphernalia were in the car.
A search warrant was executed for Lerol’s car. Law enforcement found a baggie with meth residue in the center console of the vehicle. A backpack contained a bag of meth and drug paraphernalia.
A lockbox contained meth residue, two marijuana wax cartridges, notes believed to be a drug sale ledger, a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Each meth baggie weighed 0.5 grams.