WESTPORT — A Greensburg woman is facing a felony drug possession charge after law enforcement officials traced a lost cosmetic bag allegedly containing as much as 14 grams of methamphetamine back to her and built a criminal case through witness statements and security video.
Pamela S. A. Krise, 22, 8900 block of E. CR 400 N., Greensburg, was arrested Friday after police descended on a Westport residence and reportedly located her asleep in a truck.
Westport Town Marshal Joe Talkington and Deputy Town Marshal Ryan Arbuckle wrote in court documents that Krise was found with baggies containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine in her pockets. A glass bulb typically used to smoke methamphetamine was also reportedly found in the vehicle in which she was located.
The baggies on Krise’s person matched similar items found in a small bag that investigators believe belongs to Krise.
The bag was located Friday by a Westport resident who found it after a woman fitting Krise’s description drove onto private property and hurriedly left after a brief confrontation. The man told investigators he approached the woman who “seemed confused or just didn’t want confronted,” according to court documents.
The man retrieved the bag she left behind and took it to the Westport Town Marshal’s office, where a police K-9 indicated an illegal substance was contained in the bag. Darco, a Belgian Malinois, detected what officers later discovered was methamphetamine. The police dog is certified in detecting several different types of narcotics.
The man who interacted with Krise accompanied investigators to a Westport residence and was reportedly able to identify the vehicle Krise was driving when she ventured onto the property Friday.
The owner of that vehicle confirmed that Krise had borrowed the vehicle, and she recognized the bag as an item belonging to the suspect.
Investigators also used receipts found in the cosmetic bag to tie it to Krise, obtaining video surveillance footage that placed her at the stores from which the receipts were received.
The owner of the car took police to a property on E. Millstone Rd. where Krise was eventually located and arrested.
She met with investigators and allegedly admitted that the bag and its contents belonged to her, according to statements made in court documents.
The suspect was initially charged with possession of methamphetamine as a Level 5 felony and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. During a court hearing Wednesday, however, the former count was upgraded to a Level 4 felony.
According to the state’s criminal code, a charge of possession of methamphetamine becomes a Level 4 felony when the amount of methamphetamine weighs between 10 and 28 grams, or the amount of the drug “is at least five but less than 10 grams and an enhancing circumstance applies.”