A 43 year old Florida woman, Carmela Thomas, at large resident, came to the Lake Wales Police Department to claim her purse which had been collected during a March 12, 2021 search warrant.
The purse had been collected by officers because it was found inside the residence the warrant was being served at and upon a search of the purse it was found to contain .1 gram of heroin and 6.7 grams of methamphetamine. While at the police department Thomas described her purse and its contents, including what she referred to as her “dope”.
With Thomas claiming the “dope” as hers and requesting to have it returned her with her purse she was placed under arrest for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Methamphetamine.
Thomas was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged accordingly.