Tailgating leads to felony drug charges

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Driver follows way too close, found to have 2 pounds of weed in car 

Greg Marsten | Staff writer

BALSAM LAKE – A passing Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a man driving less than a car length behind the car ahead of it at highway speed, which led to a traffic stop that yielded over 2 pounds of marijuana and felony charges against both the driver and his passenger.

Daniel Scott Juker

The incident took place on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 23, on Hwy. 87, north of St. Croix Falls.

Amanda R. Sullivan

When the deputy pulled the car over, there was loose cash in the backseat and the driver seemed nervous and had multiple air fresheners.

When the deputy asked the passenger for her identification, she motioned to the backseat, but then looked at the driver, who said she forgot her purse at home. The report stated that there appeared to be a backpack in the backseat.

The deputy said the driver seemed to almost fall over from anxiety when he was questioned outside the car, which led the deputy to request a canine search. The car had over 2 pounds of marijuana in sealed packages, including in the backpack, which also contained Sullivan’s purse and identification.

The driver was identified as 22-year-old Daniel Scott Juker of White Bear Lake, Minn. He is charged with felony intent to distribute marijuana, which is punishable by up to  10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

The passenger was identified as 18-year-old Amanda R. Sullivan of North Branch. She is facing a similar charge of felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana, in addition to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge, adding another possible 18 months to her sentence, if convicted.

Both Juker and Sullivan appeared before Judge Daniel Tolan on Thursday, Aug. 24, where he set a $10,000 signature bond and an Aug. 31 date for preliminary hearings for both of them. Tolan will decide if there is enough evidence to go ahead to trial at that time.

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