BISMARCK — The amount of methamphetamine a Minot woman allegedly possessed when she was arrested in Bismarck in October is significant and could land her in prison for 20 years, a judge told her Monday, Nov. 25.

“Nine ounces. That’s a lot of 8 balls,” South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick said, using the street term for eighth-ounce measurements of illegal drugs.

Jacie Card, 24, and Michael Webb, 59, each face a charge of possessing meth with the intent to deliver, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison upon conviction. Webb missed his court appearance on Monday. Romanick issued a warrant for his arrest.

Card was seen “digging under the seat” when Burleigh County sheriff’s authorities stopped the vehicle she and Webb were in, Deputy Trevor Pollert said. A search of the vehicle produced a scale, 9 ounces of meth and a loaded handgun, he said. Card did not admit to owning the items, Pollert said under questioning from defense attorney Todd Ewell.

Card pleaded not guilty to the felony and not guilty to a felony drug paraphernalia charge. She also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor weapon and drug paraphernalia counts.

Romanick set a trial date of March 10 for Card.

Webb’s no-show was one of several in Romanick’s courtroom on Monday.

“It must be the holiday season or something,” he quipped.