A warrant has been issued for a rural Bloomfield woman who is charged with multiple drug charges following a late September incident.
Kathleen A. Preece, 28, who lives on Walnut Grove Road, faces preliminary charges of two counts of possession of a Schedule I, II, III or IV controlled substance ---- both class D felonies; unlawful possession of a legend drug or a precursor ---- a class D felony; and possession of paraphernalia ---- a class A misdemeanor.
Preece came under suspicion following an incident that unfolded about midnight on Sept. 30 after Preece allegedly pulled her van into the driveway of Dustin Allor, on East State Road 54 near Bloomfield, walked up to the residence and asked them to watch her children, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Greene Circuit Court by Bloomfield Deputy Town Marshal Harvey Holt.
The woman then left and walked east on State Road 54.
Allor then called his brother, Jordan Allor, who is a deputy marshal with the Bloomfield Police Department, who came to the scene to investigate.
Bloomfield Deputy Marshal Holt and K9 Dristan were also dispatched to the scene.
Police ran a license check on the minivan and it returned to Tammy J. Anthony out of Alabama.
A short time later, Preece walked up to the van.
Deputy Marshal Holt received permission from Preece for the K9 to do a "free air sniff" of the vehicle. The K9 alerted on several areas inside the minivan ---- including where Preece's purse was sitting.
Holt then searched the van and inside the purse found several pill bottles with a variety of pills that did not match the description on the bottles.
Police confiscated 19 pills identified as Alprazolam ---- a Schedule 4 controlled substance; one pill identified as Promethazine Hydrochloride 25 mg.---- a prescription-only medication; and two pills identified as Amphetamine or Dextroamphetamine 20 mg.
In the purse police also found two small and one large straw.
"Inside the straw, I observed an unidentified white powdery substance. Ms. Preece admitted that she crushed pills and snorted them. In a coin purse, which was inside Ms. Preece's purse, I located a glass smoking pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana. The pipe had a strong odor of burned marijuana and residue inside," Holt wrote in the probable cause affidavit.
Preece told Holt that she had a prescription for the Promethazine Hydrochloride that was issued several years ago when she lived in Alabama.
She said the other pills were obtained from friends for her personal use.
Preece said she could call the out-of-state doctor to verify the prescription. Officer Holt told her to get the verification and contact him within a week.
Holt filed charges after he saw Preece in the Picnic Basket convenience store about a week later. He asked her if she got a list from her doctor showing she had a valid prescription for the pills.
"She said, 'Not yet', Holt wrote in the probable cause affidavit.