NEW BRITAIN – A woman who has four cases pending for drug charges was arrested Thursday on new drug charges in Newington.
Shannon Mera, 40, whose address is listed as the Grantmoor Motor Lodge on the Berlin Turnpike, is charged with possession of a controlled substance or more than a half-ounce of marijuana, and use of drug paraphernalia greater than a half-ounce.
According to the incident report, police observed a Honda Civic leave the Grantmoor Motor Lodge around 8:40 p.m. on Thursday with a low-hanging, unsecured, oversized muffler that appeared to be nearly touching the street as the car moved.
Police followed the car and observed it traveling at 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, the report said. Police initiated a traffic stop and saw Mera in the car with two others and the driver, the report said.
Mera appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, specifically opiates, police reported.
Because Mera repeatedly reached into her purse, to the floor of the car and underneath herself, she was removed from the car, police said. Police searched Mera’s purse and found multiple needles, an unlabeled prescription bottle containing three wax paper baggies, and a glass pipe with a dark burn and white powder residue, the report stated.
Police searched the rest of the car and found more glass pipes, but because no narcotics were found, they weren’t seized as evidence and the other three people were allowed to leave, the report said.
Mera told police the three wax paper bags contained fentanyl, the report said. Because of the dangers of fentanyl, they were not tested. Police did test the white powder residue on the inside of the glass pipe, which was positive for cocaine.
Mera is due back in New Britain Superior Court for the Newington charges on July 17. She was ordered held on $5,000 bond for the case.
The other pending cases against Mera include three arrests out of Plymouth that involve similar drug charges and second-degree breach of peace, and violation of probation out of Bristol.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.