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St. Petersburg woman accused of taking child to drug deal

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a woman they said sold drugs from her car while an 8-year-old girl sat in the back seat. Authorities said that shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, they spotted Rachel Augustine Burton, 51, of St. Petersburg, conducting a drug deal. They followed her to a Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits at 3201 Central Ave. As officers searched for evidence, Thomas threw a container underneath the car. But it broke open, police said, revealing numerous packets of heroin and cocaine. Police arrested Burton, who also uses the last name Thomas, on charges of possessing heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell, obstruction and child abuse. Records show she was released from jail on bail Thursday. A relative took custody of the girl after the arrest, police said. An affidavit did not reveal the relationship between Burton and the child.

St. Petersburg woman accused of taking child to drug deal 04/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 7:19pm]

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