COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida woman who described herself as a "church going person" who did something "stupid" was arrested Sunday night after she told deputies she was going to deliver drugs to someone at a prison, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
Ana Gomez, 47, of Homestead, is charged with criminal conspiracy, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking amphetamines. She was booked about 12:30 a.m. Monday into the Columbia County jail, where she remained as of Monday evening on $262,000 bond, online jail records show.
According to the arrest report obtained by News4Jax from the Sheriff's Office, two deputies responded shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday to a suspicious car that was parked near the intersection of Southwest Cypress Lake Road and State Road 247.
The two women who were inside the car told deputies they had parked at that location to talk about a recent breakup that one of them was experiencing. Deputies said the driver was later identified as Gomez, who told them she had rented the vehicle. Deputies noted in the report that she was shaking, would not make direct eye contact and seemed unsure when answering basic questions.
K-9 Arco was then deployed to sniff for narcotics during the traffic stop and the dog picked up a hit, the report stated. The hit gave deputies probable cause to search the car. During their search, according to the report, the deputies found an undisclosed amount of cash -- $20 bills and $100 bills -- inside a bag.
Deputies also noted in the report that they located substances in the trunk that later tested positive for:
- More than 50 grams of K-2, a synthetic marijuana
- 7.5 grams of K-2 believed to be laced with fentanyl
Deputies said they also seized Gomez's cellphone as evidence. According to the report, investigators will seek a warrant to search the phone.
During a conversation that was recorded on video, the report shows, Gomez told the deputies that she had packaged the narcotics, which she also said were to be delivered to someone at a prison.
Right before she was placed under arrest, Gomez told the deputies she was behind on her home payments and that "she was in need of making money," the report stated. According to the report, she told the deputies "that what she did was stupid and that she was a church going person."
Deputies said the case is still under investigation to see whether her statements about delivering the narcotics to a prison are true.
News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said those statements will raise a lot of questions for prison officials.
“How long has this been going on? Who have you been funneling it through and to what quantity have you been bringing it into the prison?" Jefferson said. "Because, if her statement is actually true, then there is a break in the system somewhere that they were not aware of."
According to a background check, she has never been convicted of a crime.