Police charge woman with dealing heroin

A contact with a woman reported to appear suspiciously parked on empty lots on Spruceview Avenue last Tuesday has led to the woman, Jodi Ann Bellows, 41, being charged with second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance for intent to sell heroin. Bellows also is charged with two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, methamphetamines and Vicodin, fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, alprazolam, sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, marijuana, and driving while license suspended.

According to a criminal complaint, Homer Police Officer Charles Worland stopped Bellows about 9 p.m. Oct. 15 after getting a report of a suspicious car in the area. He arrested her for driving with a suspended license and while searching her alleged he found in her jacket a “tooter” pipe used to smoke meth and heroin. Bellows claimed she got the jacket at Salvation Army and that the car didn’t belong to her. 

Police seized the car, and after getting a search warrant, said they found prescription drugs, a digital scale, 1.1 grams of heroin, empty small plastic bags, Bellow’s driver’s license, and a wallet with paper that had names and dollar amounts ranging from $50 to $700. Police identified the names as known meth users. Worland said heroin sells for $500 a gram and .2 grams for $50. Based on the evidence of the scale, ledger, empty bags and the amount of heroin, police charged Bellows with dealing heroin.

Bellows’ case was one of several drug charges police made in the past two weeks. Police charged Eric Haughey, 36, with meth possession, and Kimberly Payne, 21, with hydrocodone possession after police said they saw Payne taking a cart of groceries from Safeway to Haughey’s car. Police allege the two had drugs on them during a jail booking search. 

In two separate cases, police also charged Payne with check forgery at Wells Fargo Bank and stealing clothing from Redden Marine. 

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.