After allegedly stealing nearly $200 of merchandise from Kroger, a 30-year-old Jeffersonville woman was reportedly found to have crystal meth, a large amount of cocaine, multiple Mason jars filled with marijuana, several bottles of prescription medication, and a large amount of cash inside her vehicle.
Regina M. O’Conner, 5 E. Walnut St., has been charged with three felony counts of trafficking in drugs, as well as misdemeanor counts of theft and child endangerment.
On July 19 at 9:15 p.m., Washington C.H. Police Department officers responded to Kroger, 548 Clinton Ave. in Washington C.H., on a shoplifting complaint. The store’s loss prevention officer told police that a woman identified as O’Conner was stopped from leaving the store after she had paid for several items, but also had placed several items in the cart without using the self-scan to pay for them, reports said.
The total value of the stolen merchandise was listed at $198.11. O’Conner also had her 5-year-old daughter with her while committing theft offenses and drug offenses, police said.
O’Conner was arrested for theft and during a search of her person, officers reportedly found prescription medication later identified as oxycodone pills inside cellophane baggies. A large amount of money was also found in her purse.
Police then asked O’Conner if there was anything inside of her vehicle parked in the Kroger parking lot and she responded that there was not, reports said. The officer told O’Conner that he was going to utilize the K-9 officer to do a “drug sniff” of the vehicle, to which O’Conner responded that the officer could check inside if he wanted.
The K-9 officer indicated at the driver’s side door that possible narcotics were inside the vehicle. O’Conner reportedly gave the officer permission to search the vehicle.
During the search, officers located a large amount of a white powder presumed to be cocaine, a large translucent rock-like substance presumed to be crystal meth, the Mason jars with marijuana, and the multiple bottles of prescription medication. The cash that was found totaled $17,005, police said.
The narcotics have been sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for further analysis.
On Wednesday, O’Conner waived her hearing in Washington C.H. Municipal Court, and the case is being bound over to the Fayette County Common Pleas Court. She is no longer being held in the Fayette County Jail, as her $110,000 cash/surety bond has been posted.
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