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On her way to another hearing, Flagler woman caught with meth by court security

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'I hope this is a wakeup call to turn her life around,' Sheriff Rick Staly said.

On her way into the Flagler County courthouse Nov. 6 for a hearing related to a previous pick pocketing charge, a 25-year-old woman was caught with methamphetamine and was arrested again.

The story, according to the Sheriff's Office, is that Tessa B. Lilly entered the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center on Nov. 6 and proceeded through security. The metal detector alerted as Lilly entered and Deputy Schrider asked that she remove her property and place it in the bucket. 

Lilly removed a plastic baggie from her pocket and told deputies that it was makeup used for skin treatment. 

Schrider observed a clear rock-like substance in the bag which was possibly narcotics. Detectives from the Special Investigations Unit responded and tested the substance, which tested positive for 1.44 grams of methamphetamine. Lilly was placed under arrest and charged with possession of methamphetamine.   

“She came to court with meth in her pocket?” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Our security system at the courthouse worked. She obviously needs help and has not learned from her past mistakes. I hope this is a wakeup call to turn her life around and seek treatment for her addiction.”  

Lilly was at the courthouse to see the judge due to a Nov. 4 arrest for driving with a suspended license and pick pocketing. She remains in jail at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility with a $30,000 bond. Lilly has previous narcotics arrests dating back to 2017.

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