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Deputies: Pasco woman reported for jury duty with cocaine in pocket

Pasco County
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A New Port Richey woman was arrested on Monday after deputies say she reported for jury duty with drugs on her.

According to the sheriff’s office, 39-year-old Kristine Mittler showed up at the West Pasco Judicial Center on Monday afternoon to find out if she would become a juror.

Mittler was searched after setting off the alarm while going through security. Deputies say they found two folded foil packets in the pocket of her cargo pants that had white powder inside. A test confirmed that the powder was 0.6 grams of cocaine.

Deputies also found a straw that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Mittler later admitted to deputies that the drugs belonged to her and said she forget they were in her pants pocket. She was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office says Mittler had not officially been chosen as a juror when she showed up Monday, but was in the process of finding out if she would become a juror.

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