WARSAW — Police reported seeing two women with backpacks at Carr Lake and when the officers ran the plates on the black 2018 Nissan they were using, the vehicle was listed as stolen.
Laila Mariah Hepburn, 28, 116 S. Cleveland St., Warsaw, is charged with theft, a level 6 felony. Rushell Marie Defries, 27, 322 E. High St., Warsaw, is charged with possession of a narcotic drug; possession of a syringe; theft, all level 6 felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Claypool police observed the two women on May 16 and investigated when they learned the vehicle the women were using had been reported stolen May 8. When officers searched Defries’ person they reported finding, in the woman’s backpack, a black digital scale, a metal tin that contained a spoon, which tested positive for heroin and a plastic bag, which also tested positive for heroin. Police say Defries admitted to possessing a syringe and handed the item to officers. In the report, police say Defries had needle track marks on her arms.
Police reported that Hepburn told officers she had driven the car to the lake because Defries had just done heroin. She told police that she thought the car belonged to Defries’ cousin. When police searched Hepburn’s backpack, they found the keys to the vehicle.
Both women were booked in the Kosciusko County Jail, Hepburn on $5,250 surety and cash bond and Defries on $7,750 surety and cash bond.
Neither woman has a preliminary hearing date set at this time.