Woman arrested on drug charges


A Westminster woman, previously convicted of distributing cocaine, was arrested Friday morning at a city playground and charged with possession of crack cocaine.

City police said an officer saw a woman sitting on a bench at the tot lot behind the 100 block of S. Center St. about 5 a.m.

The officer reported that the woman pulled three small bags of a white substance from a shirt pocket and threw them under a park bench. The bags were recovered and contained rocks of crack cocaine, police said.

Ivolee Laurie Henson, 24, of the 700 block of Johahn Drive was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. She was ordered held without bail by Judge Donald M. Smith after a bail review hearing Friday afternoon. Henson was convicted of cocaine distribution April 5.

Officers went to the playground on a tip. The park is closed after dark and signs are posted, according to police.

Patrolman First Class Scott A. Mitchell wrote in court documents that he approached two people sitting on the bench and told them the tot lot was closed.

Henson is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center. Her trial is scheduled for Oct. 10.

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