A 36-year-old woman who told police she is five months pregnant allegedly admitted she had smoked meth hours before her arrest, and that she’d been smoking for half her life.

At about 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 4, police officers saw three people sifting through an abandoned car in a parking lot at a Dededo store, according to a magistrate’s complaint filed at the Superior Court of Guam.

When an officer approached, he noticed that a woman, Arlene Castro Pocaigue, was experiencing visible involuntary muscle spasms in her arms and face. As they spoke, the woman continued to reach into a bag that she seemed to be shielding from the officer’s view. After gaining consent, the officer looked in the bag and found a zipper bag with a glass pipe, a plastic bag with a crystalline substance, three empty plastic bags, and five heat-sealed straws, court documents state.

Pocaigue told police she “had last smoked meth a few hours before,” documents state. “The defendant further stated that she has smoked meth since she was 18 years old and that she was supposed to use the money she had just spent on meth to buy supplies for her four other children at home.”

After a hearing, Wednesday afternoon, Pocaigue was released under a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. If she violates the conditions of her release, Judge Jonathan Quan warned, he would separate her from her children and put her back in jail.

Pocaigue was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance as a third-degree felony.

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