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Dunnellon woman arrested on drug charge in empty home

Heather Nicole Straway

A Dunnellon woman was arrested after she was caught with drug equipment in an unoccupied Ocala home.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded around 2 p.m. Wednesday to the residence on SW 90th Terrace, where the homeowners association security guard saw two unknown people enter the home. The guard said the residence is owned but not rented out to anyone, nor is it currently lived in, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy knocked on the door and was greeted by three women, including Heather Nicole Straway, 40, of 19346 St. Lawrence Drive. Straway said she was cleaning the residence for the homeowner, the report said.

The deputy noticed the odor of marijuana coming out of the residence and received permission to search inside for any other people or narcotics. The deputy also received permission to search Straway’s bags on the back porch, according to the report.

The deputy opened the bag and observed three needles, two spoons and a pack of cigarettes containing a glass pipe. The glass pipe tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine, the report said.

After being read her Miranda warning, Straway said she does “ice,” which is a street name for methamphetamine. She also admitted the bag belongs to her, according to the report.

Straway was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to the Marion County Jail, where she is being held on $1,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Nov. 12.

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