Theft report leads to drug charges

Woman suspected of theft in Hudson arrested for allegedly possessing drugs

HUDSON – Officers checking out a report of a theft from Walmart on Lowell Road Monday night tracked a potential suspect to the nearby McDonald’s, where, police said, they found her in the restroom allegedly in possession of “several Walmart bags and a large purse.”

When police questioned the woman, identified as Jennifer M. Stanley, 33, of 237 Webster St., she allegedly said she “only ran away (from Walmart) because she felt the (store security employee) was ‘creepy,'” according to police reports.

But when Stanley was taken into custody a short time later, she was charged not with theft charges, but with several drug-related offenses, which accuse her of possessing various narcotic and other illegal drugs with the intent to sell or distribute, police said.

The first drug charge – possession of the controlled drug Adderall with intent to distribute – was filed at Walmart, after officers escorted her back to the store, police said.

When the Walmart security employee accused her of “removing two film cartridges from a box and placing them in another bag,” the reports state, Stanley denied the allegation, and offered to open up her purse to show the officers.

But when she opened it, police said, the officers noticed a plastic bag containing orange pills “in plain view,” the reports state. Stanley allegedly said the pills were Adderall, telling police that a friend left them in her vehicle and she was planning to drop them off to the friend, according to the reports.

Stanley was transported to police headquarters for booking, during which police conducted “an inventory search” of her purse.

In the bottom of the purse the officers allegedly found “several empty ziploc bags and a digital scale with white residue on it, along with “a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine,” police said.

They also located a WD-40 can, which the officers found to have a “hidden compartment,” police said.

Upon removing the bottom of the can, police said they discovered a series of “individual ziploc baggies” containing various substances.

The officers identified the substances as 5.5 grams of heroin, 4.5 grams of “crystal meth,” one Suboxone strip, three Oxycodone pills and 10 Xanax pills, according to the reports.

“Stanley confirmed she did not have a prescription for any of the items found,” police said.

In all, Stanley was charged with six counts of possession of drugs with intent to sell or distribute, Class B felonies, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a “crack pipe,” which is a violation.

She was jailed overnight on $50,000 cash bail pending arraignment Tuesday morning in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua.

At arraignment, Judge Charles Temple modified Stanley’s bail to $1,000 cash only, and scheduled a dispositional hearing for July 17 in the Nashua court.

Hudson police said the reported thefts from Walmart remain under investigation.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.