If there were a book of sage advice for drug users, it would probably include the following: If you misplace your drugs, consider them lost for good. Do not try to claim them from the lost-and-found.
Longview police say a 30-year-old woman did just that last year and ended up getting arrested on suspicion of meth possession. Mary Marilyn Greene, of Longview, was arrested on a warrant related to the charge July 9, police said.
In a recently released report, police said Greene called Island Sun Tanning on July 8, 2010, asking if employees there had found "something bad." Greene, who identified herself by name, had been a customer at the tanning salon earlier in the day, the report said.
Employees later found a bag containing a white, crystal-like substance on the floor of the salon's lobby. At the request of police, an employee called Greene, who said she was on her way over to pick up the drugs.
An officer waited in a tanning booth until Green collected meth, according to the report. The officer took Greene into custody as she left the tanning salon.
Police said Greene provided a written confession admitting that the drugs were hers.
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the date of the alleged offense.