Drug arrest stems from animal cruelty warrant


When Corporal Castaing and Sergeant Etheredge of the St Augustine Police Department went to the Anastasia Boulevard motel room of Rebecca M. Heise, just before 2:00 a.m., they were expecting to take the 49 year-old woman to jail on an outstanding Jacksonville warrant for failure to appear on animal cruelty charges.

When Heise invited the officers into her room to retrieve her purse, Corporal Castaing reported that he observed crushed up pills, what appeared to be a crack cocaine rock on top of the microwave, two more crack cocaine rocks in an ashtray, and a bottle containing thirty-one .05 mg tablet doses of clonazepam, with no prescription.

The officers performed a field narcotics test on the substance, which tested positive for cocaine.

The Huntington, New York woman, who gave an address on Usina Road in St Augustine as her residence, was taken into custody. In a bond hearing this morning, bail was set at $5,000 on the animal cruelty warrant and $15,500 on the drug related charges. She remains in custody.