Woman arrested for drugs, tries to destroy evidence

July 13, 2018

A homeless woman is facing multiple charges following a Wednesday trespassing incident and an attempt to destroy drug paraphernalia while handcuffed and on her way to jail.

Capt. Mike Bauer with the Norfolk Police Division said Savannah L. Leonard, 23, was the subject of a trespassing complaint at apartments at 111 Gold Strike Drive on Wednesday at 3:22 p.m.

Management staff there did not want Leonard on the property, so officers explained to her that she needed to leave and was not allowed on the property, Bauer said.

Just over an hour later, officers were called back to the apartments when Leonard entered a vacant apartment and locked herself in it.

Management unlocked the apartment door for officers, and they again had contact with Leonard. They also recovered a glass pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine, Bauer said.

Leonard was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and was in the process of being transported via police cruiser to the Norfolk City Jail when she managed to free her handcuffed hands from behind her back and take something out of her swimsuit top.

She threw the item on the floor of the cruiser and began to crush it, Bauer said.

Officer recovered the item, which also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Leonard was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, second-degree criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was housed in the Norfolk City jail and later transported to the Madison County Jail.

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