Scottsbluff woman accused of possessing drugs located after report of car fire

August 3, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — A Scottsbluff woman has been accused of possessing drugs as emergency personnel responded to a car fire.

Christy D. Garcia, 29, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony; one count of possession of marijuana, an infraction; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Nebraska State Patrol trooper responded to a car fire on Highway 26 on July 30. At the scene, the trooper observed a van on fire and made contact with Garcia.

When the officer asked for the woman’s license, she replied she did not have one. When he asked about her license status, she advised she did not want to go to jail. A check of records by dispatch showed the woman had a suspended license and she was arrested.

As the trooper arrested the woman, he allegedly located a bag in a cargo pocket on her pants and found five individual bags of marijuana. Troopers also located two pipes, one of which tested positive for amphetamine.

The woman was arraigned on charges Wednesday in Scotts Bluff County Court.

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