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Suspect at jail tries to hide contraband

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Courts > Santa Cruz woman will go to district court

By Tris DeRoma

A 24-year-old Santa Cruz woman who brought drugs into county jail will have her case tried in district court.
The suspect, Jennifer B. Lopez, was originally picked up by police on a probation violation in mid-March.
According to police records, while being booked into jail, an officer noticed her put something in her mouth. When she was told to remove it, she refused. When the officer put her hands behind her back and ordered her again to spit out what she had in her mouth, she did so. A further search of her person found one Alprazolam pill in a shirt pocket.
When officers unwrapped the plastic ball she had in her mouth, they found other items, including two oxycodone pills (opioid pain medication), four methadone pills (opioid pain medication also used to ease heroin withdrawal symptoms), 15 suboxone strips (used to treat drug addiction), 12 pills plus pill pieces of buprenorphine and alprazolam. Buprenorphine is used to treat drug addiction and alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
Along with those pills, loose leaf tobacco was also discovered by police.
According to reports, police also found additional alprazolam pills in her cell, bringing the total count of alprazolam pills in her possession to nine, plus some additional pieces.


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