A woman faces several drug-related charges after jail officials say they found heroin on her while booking her into the Madison County Detention Center on Wednesday.
Hannah B. Pingleton, 40, of Race Street, was charged with first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband, tampering with physical evidence, third-degree criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Richmond police officers were sent to Walmart at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a report that Pingleton was at the store even though she’d previously been banned from the premises in May 2012.
Pingleton was taken into custody at the store, and police reported finding two Vyvanse pills in her purse.
After taking her to the jail, deputies found three small packets of suspected heroin after searching Pingleton, according to an RPD news release.
Pingleton remained jailed Friday night under a $2,500 bond, according to the detention center’s online records.
Madison County EMS Director and Coroner Jimmy Cornelison spoke at a fiscal court meeting earlier this month about a recent spike in heroin use in the area.
Cornelison speculated that the economic downturn could have something do with preference for the drug, which is cheaper to purchase on the street than pain pills.
“I’m telling you, we’re going to see a major impact with heroin in our county,” he said.
Also, in response to the state’s “Pill Mill Bill,” intended to cut down on prescription drug abuse, addicts had begun turning to heroin, said Carlos Coyle, the assistant EMS director.
Nearly $2,300 in items stolen from local recovery center
A Richmond woman was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to theft in connection with nearly $2,300 in items that were reported stolen from a local recovery center.
Kayla D. Pauly, 23, of East Irvine Street, was charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking (over $500) for involvement in the incident, according to an RPD news release. She was cited and released.
The director of the Living Clean Recovery Center, East Irvine Street, reported the theft Tuesday to the Richmond police. The missing items are three glass bakery display cases, a Cuisinart espresso machine, two Canon digital cameras, six cans of unopened paint, a commercial meat slicer, a commercial deep fryer and a Winston sign.
The RPD reported that none of the stolen property had been recovered.