On June 25, a 39-year-old Florida woman was arrested after she was caught with cocaine while reporting for jury duty. The incident took place in Pasco County.
According to media reports, the woman had to go through a security screening to enter the West Pasco Judicial Center for jury duty. However, during the screening, an alarm went off. Officers performed a search of her clothing and allegedly discovered packets of a white powdered substance in her cargo pants. Testing later confirmed the substance was cocaine. A straw found in her possession also tested positive for trace amounts of methamphetamine.
The woman told officers that she "forgot" the cocaine and drug paraphernalia were in her pants. She was taken into custody, handcuffed and transported to Land O'Lakes Jail for processing. She has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Defendants charged with drug possession may feel frightened, confused and alone. However, a defendant could help his or her situation by politely declining to answer police questions and contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney could ensure a defendant's rights are protected during police questioning and all subsequent court proceedings. Legal counsel could also review the evidence and develop a strong defense strategy to counter the prosecution's case. In some circumstances, the attorney's defense plan could get the case dismissed from court. In others, the attorney's efforts could help secure a favorable plea deal with prosecutors. This could help the defendant obtain a more lenient sentence.
Source: FOX News, "Florida woman reported to jury duty with cocaine: sheriff", June 30, 2018