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A DeLand police officer was able to see through open windows into a woman’s car the afternoon of June 9, and therefore knew she wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The officer made a traffic stop, and as he walked to her car, she told him “that she had no valid driver’s license.”

A records check on the 58-year-old DeLand resident indicated that she had “four previous convictions for driving on a suspended license,” and she was labeled a “Habitual Traffic Offender.” for driving on a suspended

A search of her car produced a makeup case with two compartments, the bottom one of which contained “a cut straw and three small quarter size bags surreptitiously stored in a manner to conceal it from plain view.”

A “brown dirt like substance on the interior of one of the baggies” tested presumptive positive for heroin (that’s the illegal drug heroin; not heroine, like a female hero).

The lady was arrested on a felony charge of operating while driver’s license revoked for being a Habitual Traffic Offender, and a felony charge of possession of heroin.

As if to add insult to injury, she was also issued a citation for driving without wearing a seat belt, the mistake that got her noticed by the police in the first place.

— By Keith Allen, based on local police-agency reports. If you have information about a crime, call Crime Stoppers, 1-888-277-TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward.

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