Woman’s Struggle with Drug Addiction Takes Turn for the Worse, Charged with Possession
BROOKSVILLE – A sad story to report after a woman’s long battle with drug abuse has taken a turn for the worse. 35-year-old Jennifer Birkel contacted RNRF in 2015 after we posted job openings for advertising sales and writers. I met with Birkel who explained that she was clean and sober and that she was working towards reuniting with her children, who were removed due to her issues with drugs.
Birkel wasn’t shy about her past and spoke openly about her struggles but on June 27th all of her hard work may have crumbled to the ground.
According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Birkel’s Chrysler Sebring at the intersection of Cortez Blvd and Coastal Way. Deputy Robert Desmond asked Birkel for her license but Birkel stated that she only had an ID card because her license was suspended.
Desmond asked Birkel if she had anything illegal in the car and she replied “no.” Birkel was detained in the back of a patrol car and later admitted that a pill bottle would be found inside her car.
A search of the vehicle revealed 3 used needles, 10 mg Oxymorphone Hydrochloride, and 1 mg Benztropine.
Birkel is charged with possession of paraphernalia, poss. of new drug without prescription, and poss. of a controlled substance. She is currently free on a $2,500 bond.
We have not been able to reach Birkel for comment at this time.
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