A 31-year-old Cortez woman was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia Dec. 13 while at a Bradenton rehabilitation center, and more charges could be pending.
Stephanie Lund, of the 4200 block of 126th Street West in Cortez, was attending the rehab facility when she went across the street to a convenience store, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The facility manager observed Lund exiting from a “strange vehicle,” go into the store and then return to the facility where the manager confronted her.
According to the report, the manager could tell Lund was high and told her that kind of behavior was unacceptable. Lund allegedly began crying and apologized for what she had done.
The manager called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and a deputy made contact with Lund at the facility. According to the report, Lund turned over a syringe, telling the deputy it had been filled with heroin.
The report states Lund had entered a vehicle at the store’s parking lot, where she was handed a “loaded” syringe by an unidentified male. She stated she was not strong enough to resist the temptation, and entered the store bathroom where she “shot up” the drugs.
Lund was arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and held at the Manatee County jail on $120 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1017 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
However, according to court records, Lund has been on felony probation for a trafficking in stolen property conviction in Palm Beach County. Court records also indicate multiple prior arrests, including drug possession, prostitution, contempt of court and forgery dating back to 2007.
Lund posted bond the day after her Dec. 13 arrest.