Carrboro woman arrested after mistakenly bringing drugs to court

(Chatham County Sheriff's Office)
(Chatham County Sheriff's Office)

SILER CITY, N.C. (WNCN) – A Carboro woman has been arrested after trying to take what authorities believe to be cocaine through a security checkpoint and into the Siler City Courthouse, according to authorities.

When Desiree Headen, 25, of 124 Fidelity Street, Carboro, approached the screening station at the courthouse Tuesday, deputies asked her to empty her pockets of any metal items, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

Among the items she put in a container to pass through the metal detector was “a small, clear bag containing an unknown substance,” the sheriff’s office said.
That substance tested positive for cocaine, officials said.

(Chatham County Sheriff's Office)
(Chatham County Sheriff’s Office)

Headen is charged with possession of cocaine, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to officials. Her bond is set at $5,000 secured and she is scheduled to appear in court Monday, the sheriff’s office said.

Such situations are far too common, officials said.

“Although we are proud of the work we do at the Sheriff’s Office, our hearts also go out to the families of those we arrest on drug-related charges,” said Sheriff Mike Roberson in a statement. “Our staff hopes that positive intervention will enable those charged in these cases to receive the help they need to recover from addiction.”

“It is our job to identify dangerous contraband and keep it from entering court facilities,” said Sgt. Colby Williams, who oversees daily operations at the Chatham County Justice Center, in the release. “We work as a team to keep visitors and court personnel safe during their time with us.”

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