Meridian Police arrest Mountain Home woman twice in five days on drug charges

MERIDIAN, ID - A Mountain Home woman is in the Ada County Jail –- again -– on drug charges, after being arrested twice in five days.

Meridian Police officers responded to the WalMart store on Overland Road about 6 p.m. Sunday, on a report of a possible shoplifting incident.

The store’s loss prevention officers detained Ashley Escarsega, 23, of Boise, and her friend, Donna Carrasco, 37, of Mountain Home on suspicion of concealing items while going through the check-out stand, said Meridian Police Department’s Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea.

Officers also conducted a consent search of the women’s vehicle. “The search turned up a small amount of black tar heroin, and paraphernalia with drug residue,” Basterrechea said.

Escarsega was booked for felony possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia, petit theft, and trespassing.

Carrasco was booked for felony possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia and wilful concealment of goods.

Carrasco was one of three people arrested Wednesday, August 23rd, when a Meridian Police officer, on a routine patrol through a parking lot in the 1000 block of South Progress Avenue, noticed a suspicious vehicle.

A police K-9 alerted on the vehicle -– leading police to find 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, two hydrocodone pills, a small amount of heroin, digital scales and various drug paraphernalia in the suspects’ possession, Basterrechea said.

Carrasco was arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two others -- Flor Espinoza, 30, also of Mountain Home and Marcus Guajardo, 28, of Nampa -- were also arrested.

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