A Gannett woman was sentenced to 16 hours of community service in lieu of jail time and 18 months of probation for misdemeanor driving without privileges following a plea agreement in which two misdemeanor drug charges were dismissed.
Marisol Perez-Gamino, 20, was originally charged with a felony in April when a Blaine County sheriff’s deputy discovered a Ziploc bag with about “six rocks of a white crystalline substance,” according to a probable-cause affidavit. The substance was tested at the Sheriff’s Office and was confirmed presumptive positive for methamphetamine, but when sent to the state lab for testing, it was found to be methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as MDMA. The felony charge was amended to a misdemeanor, as MDMA is a non-narcotic controlled substance for which possession is a misdemeanor.
That misdemeanor and an additional charge of possession of paraphernalia were both dismissed Monday as part of an agreement in which Perez-Gamino pleaded guilty to driving without privileges.
According to the probable-cause affidavit written by Deputy John H. Lowder III, Perez-Gamino was pulled over for allegedly driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone on state Highway 75 on April 29. It was discovered by the deputy that she was driving without a valid driver’s license and she was arrested for the misdemeanor of driving without privileges. During the inventory of the vehicle subsequent to arrest, Sgt. Fabrizio Lizano located the Ziploc bag with the white crystal substance and a grinder containing trace amounts of marijuana, the report states.