A 56-year-old woman has found herself in legal trouble after she allegedly brought drugs into a jail where she was turning herself in, according to local sources in Polk County. Iowa authorities reported that a warrant had been issued for her arrest late in March, and she was attempting to turn herself in when the incident took place. She now faces a drug charge in addition to the existing charges for which the warrant was issued.
According to the report of this unusual case, on March 27, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the 56-year-old Des Moines resident, alleging her failure to appear for a deposition bond hearing. She reportedly violated a no-contact order. The woman appeared the week of April 8 at Polk County Jail to turn herself in. However, when she entered the jail proper, a baggie apparently fell out of her pants.
The baggie contained what was described as a white crystalline substance, weighing approximately 0.4 grams. Officers on the scene conducted a field test of the substance, which reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine. She was arrested on the scene and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor charge. It is unclear whether she remains in police custody at this time.
Turning oneself in to face charges can be seen as a responsible thing to do. Of course, this situation likely did not turn out the way the woman would have wished, but the onus of proof still remains on Iowa prosecutors to provide evidence that the substance was indeed meth and belonged to the charged woman. Her defense attorney will combat the drug charge with a strong defense, though that attorney may not be the same individual representing her for her earlier charges.