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Actress Rose McGowan is still dealing with major repercussions of losing her wallet on a plane last year, when she flew to Washington, DC to participate in the Women’s March.

After arriving at Washington Dulles (IAD) on January 20, 2017, McGowan left her wallet at seat 6L on board United flight 653 from Los Angeles (LAX). (McGowan later told The New Yorker that she never removed her wallet from her backpack, but that the backpack had been left unattended for a few minutes during a trip to the plane restroom.) She realized her wallet was missing after she left the terminal, and filed a lost-item claim with United.

The cleaning crew who found her wallet discovered two small bags containing a white powder, which police officials later tested positive for cocaine. The wallet was identified as McGowan’s and contained her California driver’s license, a medical marijuana card, credit card and health insurance card. As a result, Detective J.C. Hughes of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority filed a warrant for McGowan’s arrest on February 1, 2017.

McGowan voluntarily turned herself in to a magistrate’s office in Loudoun County, Virginia, in November 2017, where she was released on a $5,000 personal-recognizance bond and later assigned a court date. A grand jury indicted the Charmed actress for cocaine possession on June 11. McGowan potentially faces up to 10 years in prison for the charge.

She and her lawyer have publicly stated that she will not plead guilty.

McGowan, who has been outspoken against producer Harvey Weinstein for allegedly raping her as well as sexually assaulting a number of other women in Hollywood, believes that a private detective had been trailing her on Weinstein’s behalf. McGowan and her lawyer also believe that the drugs were planted in her wallet, since it was out of her possession for between five to 11 hours. For further proof, McGowan referenced an Instagram message she received the day after the flight, from a user she did not know, which read: “You left your wallet on your Saturday flight with your 2 bags of coke.” The account has since been deactivated, although McGowan retained screenshots of the message.

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