Woman serves week for heroin possession
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | September 04,2013
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A woman who admitted several packets of heroin fell out of her pocket in a store in March spent the past week in jail as part of a plea deal.
Kristina Morgan, 24, a former Springfield resident who now lives in Maine, appeared in court in White River Junction a week ago and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of heroin possession and two felony counts of burglary and identity theft.
The felony charges involved a daytime break-in at her stepfather’s home in March. Police said a neighbor saw Morgan open a porch window, climb inside and leave with a jar containing $300 in change.
Those charges were resolved with a deferred sentence, which means that if Morgan continues to stay out of trouble for the next three years, no sentencing will take place.
For heroin possession, Morgan was sentenced to serve six to 12 months, with all but seven days suspended.
Police said Morgan made a purchase at Jasinski’s Market on March 1 and left with a pair of male friends. After she left, a store clerk saw five blue postage-stamp-size wax paper packets on the floor.
The clerk picked up the small bags, all stamped with “Grind City” and a skyline logo, and put them in the back office while she called police.
The clerk saw Morgan return briefly with her male friends, police said, and they walked up every aisle of the store looking at the floors before leaving.
Springfield Police Officer Anthony Leonard said the store’s video surveillance clearly showed something small and blue falling out of Morgan’s pocket as she took out money. Leonard said the total amount of heroin in the packets was just over a gram.