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Three women arrested on drug charges

AVON PARK - Three women were arrested on drug charges following a probation check at two Avon Park residences, according to reports released Thursday.

Arrested were Karen Lynn Waldron, 54, and Christina Marie Harvey, 44, both of 816 S. Palmer Ave., Avon Park and Brandi Candace Jimenez, 27, of 800 N. Verona Ave., Avon Park.

Jimenez was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug equipment and violation of probation. Harvey was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana, possession of drug equipment and violation of probation. Waldron was charged with possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana, trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment.

Highlands County deputies and Florida Department of Corrections Parole and Probation officers checked the residences and found the drugs, the report said.

Mother, daughter arrested on drug charges

SEBRING - A Sebring mother probably won't win the mother of the year award after authorities say she handed drug equipment to her daughter to conceal, which helped result in both women being arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.

The mother, Christina Marie Bartsch, 37, 10413 Sage Drive, Sebring, was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug equipment and tampering with evidence. Her daughter, Katie Ryan Bartsch, 20, of the same address, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription a, possession of drug equipment and tampering with evidence.

Police went to the Bartsch residence and saw the mother give her daughter rolling papers and a glass smoking pipe to conceal, the report said.

Subsequently, police found that the daughter was concealing those items in the front of her pants, the report said.

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