Two women were arrested on drug-related charges Tuesday after a woman reportedly was seen ingesting drugs inside of a vehicle in the local Walmart parking lot.
At around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, two officers from the Washington C.H. Police Department responded to Walmart, located at 1397 Leesburg Ave., and found a woman identified as Crystal Doughman, 31, sitting in the passenger side front seat. She reportedly placed a soda can on the driver’s seat and a hypodermic needle in the center console.
One of the officers advised Doughman to exit the vehicle, according to reports. Once she did, Doughman allegedly had another hypodermic needle in her hand, and was placed under arrest.
During this time, the registered owner of the vehicle exited Walmart with a bag containing a package of white t-shirts and a used cell phone, according to police. She was identified as Christina Steiner, 37, of Frankfort.
Police searched the vehicle and reportedly found the hypodermic needle in the center console, another one on the backseat floor, the pop can containing a used cotton ball and residue on the bottom, shoe strings used as a tourniquet, and a cellophane baggy containing white residue in the front portion of the vehicle.
A box of Newport Red cigarettes was also found sitting on the center console. Inside the box was a baggy containing a white substance which later field tested positive for crack cocaine, according to police. Steiner was asked what type of cigarettes she smoked and she allegedly said that she smoked Newport Reds. Steiner was then also arrested.
One officer checked the Walmart video surveillance to verify that Steiner had purchased the package of t-shirts. The video allegedly showed that Steiner was at the service desk without the t-shirts before she grabbed the t-shirts and walked directly out of the store without paying for the item.
Steiner was charged with possession of crack cocaine and theft. Doughman was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of a drug abuse instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are being held in the Fayette County Jail on $3,500 bonds.
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