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DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A 28-year-old woman was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license, drug possession, manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and narcotic equipment possession.

Catherine R. Claudio was stopped Friday on Orange Avenue when it was discovered she was driving with a suspended license.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit responded to the scene, and following a positive alert from the K-9, Claudio’s vehicle was searched.

Deputies found methamphetamine, prescription narcotics, hypodermic syringes and various other narcotics equipment.

Following the traffic stop, Claudio’s residence on Orange Avenue was searched and several containers of methamphetamine oil were recovered along with more hypodermic syringes, cook vessels, razor blades and various other narcotics equipment.

Claudio was arrested and transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections for first appearance and bond to be set. Claudio’s two minor children who were with her at the time of the traffic stop were released to the Department of Children and Families Investigators.


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