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Woman charged after dropping meth at courthouse

A Moose Lake woman who allegedly dropped a bag of methamphetamine in the Douglas County Courthouse made an initial appearance last week in court.

Jara Serene Burkhamer, 32, faces felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint:

Superior Police Officer Justin McIntosh was standing in a courthouse corridor Nov. 1 when he observed a female, later identified as Burhamer, walk away from Judge Kelly Thimm's courtroom toward an attorney. As she walked away from McIntosh, he saw a plastic bag falling to the ground near her leg. He didn't see where the bag came from, but it hadn't been in the area before he saw it fall.

Assistant District Attorney Anne Terrien also saw a bag falling to the ground as Burkhamer walked away from the courtroom, although she didn't see from where the bag fell.

When McIntosh told her what he saw, Burkhamer said it wasn't hers. She told arresting Deputy Mac Ohm that he would find a socket in her pocket.

The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, and residue on the socket tested positive for marijuana.

Cash bond of $1,000 was set for Burkhamer, and she was ordered not to use or possess any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia without a prescription. Her next court appearance is set for Wednesday.

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