A 30-year-old Richmond woman was arrested in Mejier’s parking lot Monday evening after Richmond police responded to the area regarding a fight.

Attempts to find the man involved inside the department store were unsuccessful, however, the woman, Jennifer Fugate, of Meadowlark Drive, was located in a vehicle parked outside.

When police spoke with Fugate, a needle cap was visible in the driver’s seat, a citation noted. Police notified Fugate this gave them reason to conduct a search. She initially refused to step out of the car until several commands were given.

According to the citation, a search of the vehicle yielded a syringe with an unknown substance inside, a spoon covered in burn residue and a melted cigarette butt. Fugate denied possession.

Further searching found another burnt spoon, suspected marijuana, several baggies and pieces of cigarette filters that the citations stated are commonly used to filter drugs. A small amount of suspected methamphetamine was found in Fugate purse.

Several needle caps and yet a third burnt spoon were found on Fugate’s person, the citation added. An additional search after Fugate was arrested and taken to the Madison County Detention Center, located an unknown substance in a baggie inside Fugate. A small broken unidentifiable pill was also found.

After Fugate was booked into the jail, the arresting officer searched the backseat of their cruiser, where Fugate had been sitting. There, the officer found a white powder substance which looked as if Fugate had attempted to dispose, the citation noted. A small baggie with a small amount of the substance was also found. Based on field testing, the drug was identified as cocaine.

Fugate was charged with first offense first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, first-degree promoting contraband, first offense first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and tampering with physical evidence. She remained lodged at the MCDC Tuesday afternoon, according to online jail records.

 

 

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