By Jim Clark
A report of a possible fight in progress at a Hudson St. residence brought police to the scene on Friday morning.
Arriving officers found a female, later identified as Lauren Vowells, 25, of Salem, standing on the front porch of the residence. Officers noted that she appeared to be bleeding from her lip, and when questioned she reportedly told them that she had been arguing with her boyfriend.
The boyfriend reportedly told police that he had been arguing with Vowells over her heroin addiction. He further stated that she had acquired some heroin and that her “kit” was in an eyeglasses case that she had taken with her.
Officers resumed questioning of Vowells and asked her where she had put the kit. She claimed that she did not understand what they were talking about, police said.
An officer spotted what appeared to be an eyeglasses case near the top of her open handbag and proceeded to examine its contents.
According to reports, the case contained what appeared to be drug paraphernalia, specifically a hypodermic syringe containing a brownish fluid believed to be a heroin solution, as well a small glass jar containing a similar fluid.
At that point Vowells was placed under arrest and handcuffed. A search of her bag turned up a glass pipe caked with a white powdery substance that Vowells reportedly admitted was probably heroin.
She was charged with possession of a class A drug.