AUGUSTA — A Canaan woman was arrested New Year’s Eve on two charges of unlawful possession of drugs after she reportedly claimed ownership of drugs that police say were located in the crawl space of a Pittston home.

Jennifer Beckwith-Pierce, 34, told Maine State Police Trooper Seth Allen she was living at the home “as a ‘housekeeper,'” according to a probable cause affidavit written by Allen.

That affidavit, filed at the Capital Judicial Center, says Allen was conducting a bail check on a couple who lived in the apartment on Old Town Farm Road when he saw a crawl space under the stairs with a large amount of clothes inside.

“As soon as I opened the crawl space, I found a tea light tin with cotton and what I knew to be heroin inside it,” Allen wrote.

Beckwith-Pierce told Allen it was hers, Allen said.

He said she had “fresh track marks on her neck” and said she had used heroin the previous day.

He said he found a bag containing “several syringes, a Baggie containing cotton soaked in heroin and four Suboxone strips, which were not her prescription.”

Beckwith-Pierce was scheduled for an initial appearance hearing on the charges at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Capital Judicial Center, but posted $500 bail prior to that and was released.

There was no indication of whether the residents of the apartment were facing charges as well. Allen’s affidavit said the couple was on bail and under house arrest with conditions not to use or possess drugs and alcohol and to submit to search and testing for those.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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