Two women in Chadron to work at a temporary job site are instead in jail on drug possession charges.
31-year-old Patricia Farrell and 25-year old Maileen Luciano were arrested Monday afternoon at a Chadron motel on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, heroin, and oxycodone
They also face misdemeanor or infractions for possession of drug paraphernalia and less than an ounce of marijuana with Farrell facing the added charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Chadron police officer Brewer Newton says when he arrived at the motel about 2:00 on a call about the odor of marijuana coming from a room, he also noticed the smell of burning marijuana and spotted the butt of a joint on the ground in front of 2 women.
Newton says Farrell and Luciano admitted they had marijuana, as well as oxycodone, methamphetamine, and heroin.
Police then obtained a search warrant for the women’s room and found about 3 grams each of suspected meth and heroin as well as 32 oxycodone pills without a prescription
They also seized drug paraphernalia that included snort tubes, spoons, an electronic scale and syringes.
Officer Newton says both Farrell and Luciano were taken to the Dawes County Jail without incident, adding that Chadron police were helped by a Nebraska State Patrol Drug Recognition Expert.