Deputies: New Port Richey woman reports for jury duty with cocaine in her pocket

Published June 26, 2018

NEW PORT RICHEY — A New Port Richey woman faces drug possession charges after deputies said she reported for jury duty with cocaine in her cargo pants pocket.

Kristine Victoria Mittler, 39, is charged with possessing cocaine and methamphetamine.

Mittler set off alarms at the security area around 1 p.m. Monday, shortly after walking into the West Pasco Judicial Center, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. She had not been selected as a juror, but "was in the waiting process of finding out if she would become a juror," deputies said.

Deputies found two foil packets holding a white powdery substance in Mittler's pocket. A field test on the powder, which weighed 0.6 grams, tested positive for cocaine. The deputy searching her also found a straw that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the release.

Mittler admitted the drugs belonged to her and said she forgot they were in her pocket, deputies said. She was taken to the Pasco County jail in Land O' Lakes.