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September 30, 2013

Burglary probe leads to drug sale charges

NEW CASTLE — An investigation into a burglary has led to the filing of multiple drug charges.

Jaylin Walls, 20, of 13 S. Round St. faces 13 counts, mostly drug related. They involve a variety of alleged drugs New Castle police said they had discovered in a vehicle she was using.

She was arraigned Friday and ordered held in the Lawrence County jail on $10,000 bond.

The investigation began Wednesday evening when police received a call concerning a burglary at a home on Industrial Street. Officers were told a woman had been seen leaving the home carrying a flat-screen television.

A neighbor confronted the woman who dropped the television and fled in a vehicle that had its license plate concealed by a piece of paper. Before confronting the suspect, officers said, the neighbor had removed the paper and obtained the plate number for police.

With the plate number, police were able to identify the vehicle and learned it was being used by Walls, although she does not own it. The owner of the television also named Walls as a possible suspect, officers said.

The vehicle eventually was found parked on Boyles Avenue and it was towed to the city’s impound lot because it was suspected in a hit-and-run accident earlier Wednesday.

During this process, officers said, they observed a bag that gave off the odor of marijuana. A search warrant was obtained Thursday and police said they discovered assorted suspected drugs: crack cocaine, cyclobenzaprine, marijuana, gabapentin, clonidine, hydrocodone, oxycodiene and alprazolam.

A criminal complaint filed against Walls said she had admitted they are her drugs, adding she has a drug problem. However, officers said the drugs were packaged in a way that indicate they were intended to be sold.

Walls is charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, three counts of possession of a controlled substance by person not registered, one count of misbranding of a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana, one count of burglary, one count of criminal trespass and one count of receiving stolen property.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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