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A Florida woman reported for jury duty. She had cocaine in her pocket, cops say

Kristine Mittler, 39, of New Port Richey, Florida, was arrested Monday after she walked into the West Pasco Judicial Center to find out if she would be a juror and was stopped by security for cocaine in her pocket, deputies said.
Kristine Mittler, 39, of New Port Richey, Florida, was arrested Monday after she walked into the West Pasco Judicial Center to find out if she would be a juror and was stopped by security for cocaine in her pocket, deputies said. Pasco County Sheriff's Office

A New Port Richey woman walked into a judicial center to find out whether she would become a juror but left in handcuffs instead.

Kristine Victoria Mittler, 39, went to the West Pasco Judicial Center on Monday afternoon to report for jury duty when she set off an alarm during the security screening at the building's entrance.

Mittler was searched and was found with two folded foil packets in the pocket of her cargo pants that had white powder inside, WFLA News Channel 8 reports. A test confirmed that the powder was 0.6 grams of cocaine.

Pasco County deputies also said they found a straw that tested positive for methamphetamine.

The sheriff's office said Mittler had not officially been chosen to be a juror but was in the process of finding out that afternoon.

Mittler admitted Post Miranda that the drugs were hers and that she "forgot they were in her pants pocket," according to 10News WTSP.

She was taken to the Land O'Lakes Jail and was being held on a $6,000 bond, according to jail records.

Mittler faces drug possession charges and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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