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Hudsonville traffic stop nets 3-½ pounds of crystal meth
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HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – A Texas woman pulled over in Hudsonville with 3 ½ pounds of crystal methamphetamine in her rental car has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges.

Kelli Nicole Drake, 31, was indicted this week for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

In addition to the crystal methamphetamine, officers found nearly 11 ½ ounces of cocaine, court records show. The combined street value of both exceeds $180,000.

"These quantities far exceed user quantities; rather, they are distribution quantities,'' Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Jon Schafer wrote in a Sept. 17 criminal complaint. Schafer arrested Drake in Grand Rapids that same day.

Drake was driving a rented 2014 Nissan Maxima with a Vermont license plate when she was pulled over by Michigan State Police on Sept. 16.

A police drug dog was brought to the scene and indicated the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, according to a search warrant affidavit in Grand Rapids District Court. The search warrant was for two cellphones Drake had with her at the time.

Police searched the trunk of the Nissan and found 3.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and nearly 11-½ ounces of cocaine, court documents show.

It is one of the largest crystal methamphetamine seizures in West Michigan in recent years.

The criminal complaint was filed Sept. 17, but the U.S. Attorney's Office in October dropped the complaint so the government could continue its investigation. The indictment came nearly four weeks later.

Drake is free on an unsecured $50,000 bond. A condition of her release prohibits Drake from "engaging in any sovereign citizen or tax protester activity.''

Drake, who lists an address in Dallas, Texas and goes by the alias "Lady Jade,'' is saddled with more than criminal charges. The federal government has launched forfeiture proceedings on $2,952 in cash found in her vehicle, court records show.


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