An investigation concerning the illegal purchase of pseudoephedrine ended with a Hillsboro woman being charged with third-degree felony tampering with evidence.
According to a news release from the Hillsboro Police Department, Jacqueline Lynn Stethem, 34, was arrested shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
An affidavit filed with the court states that Stethem had been blocked from purchasing pseudoephedrine after attempting to purchase more than permitted by Ohio law. She was reportedly found in a camper in the 700 block of N. West Street.
Once inside, an officer observed Stethem’s “right hand move quickly under a pillow on the bed she was sitting on,” the affidavit states. When she saw that the officer had seen her, Stethem allegedly “jerked her hand back very quickly,” according to the affidavit.
Stethem then told the officer that she needed to find some socks, and the officer saw that she “appeared to be pushing an item to the end of the mattress,” the affidavit states.
The officer told Stethem to move away from the bed. At that time, the officer reported that he found a hypodermic syringe and a small plastic container holding a small amount of marijuana.
Stethem said that she had been attempting to hide the marijuana, but that she had not known the syringe was on the bed, according to the affidavit.
Stethem was arrested and charged with third-degree felony tampering with evidence and a second-degree misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase nine or more grams of pseudoephedrine within 30 days.
Also arrested at that time was Chad A. Thatcher, 35, of Hillsboro. An affidavit filed with the court states that law enforcement had been reviewing video from Walgreens and Kroger. The footage allegedly showed both Stethem and Thatcher attempting to purchase illegal amounts of pseudoephedrine on Aug. 8.
According to the affidavit, when officers found the hypodermic needle that Stethem had allegedly attempted to hide, Thatcher “openly admitted the hypodermic needled belonged to him,” saying that he uses it to inject Suboxone.
Thatcher was arrested for possession of a drug abuse instrument, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Both Thatcher and Stethem were arraigned in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Wednesday.
Stethem is currently being held on a $10,000 bond. If she posts bond, she will be on reporting probation.
A preliminary hearing for her felony case was scheduled for Aug. 28. A pretrial for her misdemeanor charge will also be held at that time.
Thatcher’s bond was set at $750. A pretrial for his case was scheduled for Sept. 26.
Both Thatcher and Stethem are prohibited from having contact with each other. If they post bond, they are ordered to stay away from Walgreens and Kroger and must observe a 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew.
Sarah Allen may be reached at 937-402-2571 or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.