Another arrest for multiple offender in Orange
A 26-year-old Orange resident with numerous arrests over the past several months is in trouble yet again and facing multiple charges after allegedly trying to destroy evidence during a Friday night traffic stop in Orange. According to a report from the Orange Police Department, Patrol Officer Patrick McDonald arrested Amber Liann Durden on Aug. 22 after the woman reportedly admitted to being in possession of methamphetamine and then allegedly attempted to swallow a pill, later identified as carisoprodaol (brand-name Soma), a controlled substance in penalty group 3 (PG 3), rather than turn it over as evidence.
Officer McDonald reports he observed a tan 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck turn onto 6th Street from North Avenue without using a signal at about 11:26 p.m. He stopped the vehicle, and the driver identified herself as Durden but reportedly told the officer she could not find her driver's license. Upon checking with dispatch, the officer discovered Durden had no driver's license, so McDonald placed the woman into custody for "driving while license invalid." After being placed into handcuffs, Durden allegedly confessed to hiding meth in her bra and stated, "It's just for personal use."
According to the report, the suspect removed three bags containing a crystal-like substance that appeared to the officer to be methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth. Durden also reportedly removed more than $500 in case from her brassiere and then too out a round white pill marked with the alphanumeric combination "2410 V." As she began to place the pill on the hood of the patrol car, McDonald describes that she instead "quickly threw it into her mouth attempting to destroy the evidence."
Rather than let her swallow the pill, the officer reports he immediately restrained the struggling suspect, ordering her to spit out the pill. She complied and the pill was placed into an evidence bag.
While McDonald was dealing with an allegedly belligerent suspect, Officer Stephen Ward inventoried Durden's vehicle. During his search, he reportedly discovered "a clear plastic baggy containing a green leafy substance he believed to be synthetic marijuana" in the truck and another bag of what appeared to be the same green leafy substance within Durden's purse.
In addition for being charged with an invalid driver's license, a class C misdemeanor, Durden was advised she was in custody for second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance PG 1 for the methamphetamine, third-degree felony tampering with evidence, class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance PG 3 for the Soma, and class B misdemeanor possession of synthetic marijuana.
Durden was transported to the Orange County Jail, at least her fourth trip to the correctional facility (in the back of a police car) this year.
OPD reports Durden was previously arrested on April 6 for possession of a controlled substance while at the Studio 6 motel located at 2505 Highway 62 in Orange. According to the news release, Durden was in possession of methamphetamine and cocaine during her April 6 arrest. She was again arrested on April 23 after narcotics officers conducted an investigation into reported drug sales from a room of the Best Price Motel & Suites located at 2610 Interstate 10 in Orange. According to OPD, officers seized six ounces of methamphetamine and multiple packages of synthetic marijuana after searching the room, culminating Durden's second arrest in the same month. Durden was charged with second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance for that incident.