Another arrest for Orange woman in possession of synthetic marijuana
An Orange woman was arrested for the third time within two months for possession after police reportedly found her with multiple bags of synthetic marijuana, and some actual marijuana, on Tuesday, May 20.
Officers with the Orange Police Department arrested 26-year-old Autumn Liann Durden of Orange after reportedly discovering drugs while conducting a traffic stop at approximately 12:53 p.m. on May 20. OPD Officer Stephen Ward reports he stopped Durden's gray Chevrolet pickup truck after she failed to continuously signal for 100 feet prior to turning west onto Barkins Street from 15th Street. According to Officer Ward, after pulling over, Durden told him she had no insurance on the vehicle and was placed into custody for the violation. During an inventory of the vehicle, the officer reportedly observed three clear bags containing a "green, leafy substance" the officer believed to be synthetic marijuana "in plain view" in the driver's side door. Ward additionally reportedly discovered two bags of what he believed to be synthetic marijuana in the driver's seat, also "in plain view." The two bags were unopened, one labeled as "Scuby Snax" and the other as "Joker II." Ward then discovered what he believed to be real marijuana bear some wires protruding from the back seat.
Durden was arrested for possession of marijuana and for possession of a controlled substance and transported to the Orange County Jail.
The arrest is Durden's third since April 6, according to OPD. 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.