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Traffic stop results in drug charge

A Nov. 12 traffic stop in Hastings for a possible equipment problem has resulted in charges of a controlled substance crime in the second degree and giving a false name to an officer being filed against Gabrielle Rae Hallas, 31, Hastings.

According to the criminal complaint, the officer stopped the vehicle near Highway 55 and General Sieben Drive when he observed that the passenger-side brake light appeared to be out. When the officer made contact with the driver, later identified as Hallas, she presented a driver's license and insurance card that did not match her or the vehicle. She eventually acknowledged she was lying about her identity and presented an identification card. She then was placed under arrest. The vehicle was impounded.

In completing an inventory search of the vehicle, the officer found a container that contained a plastic bag containing a crystal-like powdery substance, a scale and a spoon. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine. In the glove box, the officer located a brown plastic pill container with 15 Methylin pills in a container with a prescription made out to another person.