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Woman arrested after 138 pills found

August 09, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police arrested a 32-year-old Martinsburg woman Tuesday after she was found with 138 prescription pain pills, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Crystal Lynn Larson of 601 Bowers St. was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possession of a controlled substance (OxyContin) with intent to deliver it and driving on a suspended license, records show.

Magistrate Sandra L. Miller set a $100,500 bond for Larson, who Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison said in his complaint was arrested after deputies stopped the vehicle she was driving on Specks Run Road near Hyslip Ford Road.

Harmison said an informant told police that the woman had traveled to Ohio to get the pills and was returning with them and would be traveling to a residence off Hyslip Ford Road in a brown van, according to the officer's complaint.

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Deputies determined before the stop that the woman's drivers license was suspended because of an unpaid citation, Harmison said in his complaint.

The pills were recovered in a bottle with no label, but were identified as 30-mm OxyContin pills, which are used to relieve serious pain. When crushed and snorted, the relief contained in the pill is magnified. The bottle seized by police indicated there were 180 pills in it, but police only recovered 138. Larson denied knowing their origin, Harmison said.

Deputies alleged in the complaint that they found $1,880 in her wallet.

Harmison said Larson attempted to change seats with another woman riding in the front passenger side of the vehicle upon being stopped by Sheriff's Deputy R.L. Steerman.

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