Westminster woman charged after detective sees her with crack cocaine, police say

A Westminster woman was charged with drug possession and obstruction of justice after a detective saw her with crack cocaine, police said.

Ashley Wetherbee, 31, of the 1400 block of Ridge Road, has been charged with obstruction of justice, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled dangerous substance that is not marijuana.

At about 9:38 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, a detective with the Westminster Police Department was at a traffic light on Englar Road and Md. 140 when he looked over and saw a woman in the passenger seat of a gold Hyundai who was counting crack cocaine rocks, according to the statement of probable cause. The detective followed the vehicle to the Westminster Post Office, where another detective pulled in behind the car and approached the vehicle, according to the statement.

As the second detective approached the car, only the driver was inside, according to the statement. The detective began to speak with the driver, who said Wetherbee was inside the post office checking her mail.

The woman in the car told the detective there was no drug usage in the vehicle, and the detective then used his dog, K9 Foxy, to walk around and check the car, according to the statement. K9 Foxy showed a “change of behavior” on the passenger side front door, according to the statement, and gave an alert to the odor of a controlled substance in the area of the door handle.

The detective spoke to the woman in the car, who said she texted Wetherbee and told her she needed to come outside “because she was not getting in trouble for this,” according to the statement.

The detective then walked in to find Wetherbee, who came outside. Both she and the other woman in the car denied being in possession of drugs, according to the statement.

The detective found a piece of broken glass from a “homemade smoking device” in the car, and when searching the post office, also found a small baggy containing a white powder residue near where Wetherbee was standing, according to the statement. Wetherbee admitted to throwing a crack pipe in the trash, and the detective found the “homemade smoking device” containing burnt cocaine residue in the trashcan, according to the statement.

Next to that device in the trashcan the detective also found several more pieces of small bags used to sell controlled dangerous substances, according to the statement.

Wetherbee eventually said she had smoked the crack in the car prior to the detective’s arrival and then discarded the drug paraphernalia, according to the statement. Wetherbee was arrested, posted an unsecured $2,500 bond and was released, according to electronic court records.

Wetherbee has a court date scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Nov. 7, according to electronic court records.

A number listed for Wetherbee on court documents was not in service.

This is the second recent drug-related charge for Wetherbee in recent months. In May, Wetherbee was arrested after she allegedly smoked crack cocaine in her vehicle while a 2-year-old girl was in the back seat.

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