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23-year-old pleads not guilty to drug possession

Alissa Marie Humphrey, 23, of St. Paul pleaded not guilty to first-degree possession of 25 or more grams of methamphetamine.

She appeared in court for an omnibus hearing July 23, flanked by two supporters, spoke little besides entering her plea, and is scheduled for a pre-trial appearance in September.

According to the Washington County District Court complaint:

Police intercepted more than 2 pounds of meth shipped in a suspicious package — sent to Derek Sellers with a return address to James Seller — headed for an address in the 10900 block of Eagle View Place in Woodbury. 

According to the complaint:

An airport police detective flagged the FedEx mail parcel as suspicious and alerted a Woodbury police detective who was familiar with the name Sellers from previous law enforcement investigations. 

On March 26, the day the shipment arrived from California, an undercover officer delivered a package containing 26 grams of meth to their intended destination. The remainder of the drugs was placed in evidence with Woodbury Public Safety.

Humphrey received the delivery in the driveway of the home, put it into another vehicle parked in the driveway, drove it into the garage and closed the garage. 

When officers knocked and announced themselves at the door, no one answered and they forced entry. Humphrey, who was holding her young son, said the package was in the landlord’s room and identified the “landlord” as Michael James Plaster, who police suspect is selling 1/2 to 1 pound of meth every three or four days. Humphrey admitted to knowing about some marijuana upstairs.

Police found resident documents for Sheryl Sellers (who owns the house) and Plaster, green leafy substance upstairs and in a vehicle glove box, and $6,100 of moneygram receipts in the defendant’s purse.

Officers’ database search for Derek Sellers showed the name was not associated with the address.

Police placed a pick up and hold on Plaster for conspiracy of first-degree controlled substance violation.