A Florida woman was arrested after she allegedly threw drugs out her car window while being chased by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy on North 52nd Avenue.
Brittany Michelle Frett, 29, of 2612 NE 2nd Ave., was charged with possession of amphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; possession of cocaine; two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (felony); possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana; altering, destroying or concealing evidence; and possession of drug equipment.
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy observed a suspicious vehicle leaving the scene of a reported burglary in progress and tried to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of SE 28th Street and SE 52nd Avenue. The vehicle continued traveling north on NE 52nd Avenue as the driver – later identified as Frett – continuously threw what appeared to be trash and contraband out the front driver’s window, according to the sheriff’s office report.
After about five minutes, the vehicle stopped at the intersection of SE 56th Terrace and SE 24th Street. Frett and the passenger were detained. Due to the strong smell of raw marijuana emitting from the vehicle, a probable cause search was conducted, the report said.
About 4.2 grams of a green leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana was found in the glove compartment, cup holder, driver’s floorboard and center console. About 1.2 grams of amphetamine was found in the trunk. About 1.7 grams of MDMA was found in a small tubular container in the center console. Less than 0.1 gram of cocaine was found in a $10 bill inside the center console, and two tablets of acetaminophen and oxycodone 325 mg were found in a plastic bag inside the vehicle’s trunk, according to the report.
A scale was found in the center console, adjacent to a small amount of marijuana. A second scale was found in the trunk, and residue on the second scale tested positive for the presence of THC. Another deputy went to the 5300 block of SE 22nd Place and found a small amount of a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for amphetamine, which was thrown from the vehicle by Frett, the report said.
The passenger told deputies she had just been picked up by Frett in the Whispering Sands neighborhood and didn’t have any knowledge of the contraband inside the vehicle. She said she was scared while Frett continued driving while the deputy had his emergency lights and siren activated, according to the report.
After being read her Miranda warning, Frett said the substances found inside and outside the vehicle were not the passenger’s and that she would take responsibility for them. She spontaneously said she does not do any “hard” drugs and that law enforcement wouldn’t find any heroin or fentanyl in the substances that were tested, the report said.
A criminal history search revealed Frett has several prior convictions for drug-related charges, the most recent in September 2019 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the report.
Frett was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released hours later on $12,000 bond.