Stop sign-running Ocala woman caught with heroin and needles

Jennifer Irene Krouse

An Ocala woman was arrested on drug charges after she was pulled over for running a stop sign.

Jennifer Irene Krouse, 41, was charged Thursday with possession of heroin, possession of drug equipment, and driving knowingly with a suspended license.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy saw Krouse fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of SW 38th Avenue and West Highway 40. The deputy recognized Krouse and her vehicle from when he pulled her over Nov. 27. At that time, the deputy advised Krouse her license was suspended and confiscated it. This time, she admitted to having a suspended license, according to the sheriff’s office report.

A K-9 unit conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle and the dog, “Tippster,” alerted on the front passenger side of the vehicle. Krouse admitted to having drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. She said her DNA would be on the needles and she uses them for heroin, the report said.

A search of the vehicle turned up aluminum foil wrapped in a way consistent with storing heroin, along with three hypodermic needles. A fourth needle was found in her purse. The contents of the foil tested positive for heroin, according to the report.

Krouse was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she’s still being held on $4,000 bond. She’ll appear in Marion County Court on Jan. 7.