Lawyer busted for cocaine possession in courthouse
According to the criminal complaint, a Winona, Minn., police investigator who was testifying in the murder trial saw Ramsay leave a courthouse bathroom about 1:20 p.m. Thursday during a court recess. The investigator, Jay Rasmussen, said he didn't hear the sound of a toilet flushing and that Ramsay was sniffing profusely and using his right thumb and index finger to pinch his nose repeatedly. He also saw the attorney wipe underneath his nose several times.
Winona police evidence technician Angela Evans spotted a trace amount of a white powdery substance on a table and some speckles of the substance on the floor beneath the table in the conference room Ramsay had been sitting in minutes earlier.
Winona Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams tested the white substance, which tested positive for the presence of cocaine.He was charged Friday with third-degree and fifth-degree controlled-substance crimes for allegedly possessing a mixture weighing 3 grams or more containing cocaine.