Hugging an open beer can close to her side did not help 51-year-old Brenda Perry, after she was stopped and searched by officers Saturday, according to a Columbus Police report.
Police spotted Perry near the intersection of Third Avenue and 35th Street and 1:30 a.m. She was allegedly attempting to hide a 24oz Budweiser, which the arresting officer suspected was open.
After the officer affirmed the beer was open, Perry reassured police that she was not drinking in public just holding the beer. When the officer asked if she had any drugs or weapons on her, she "took a deep breath" and allegedly admitted to possession of 0.3 grams of crack cocaine, wrapped up in a $5 bill, which she said she bought five minutes before speaking with the officer.
The cocaine was valued at $30.
Perry was charged with possession of crack cocaine. She was taken to Muscogee County Jail.