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Police: Women arrested on drug charges while picking through donation box

Two women were arrested on drug-related charges Wednesday after police say they observed them rummaging through a Valley Rescue Mission donation box, according to a police report.

Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, police say they saw a 2012 Chevy Tahoe pull up to the Valley Rescue Mission donation box at 5700 Warm Springs Road. The driver, who was not charged, along with the back-seat passenger, Amy Gullatte, 40, got out of the vehicle, according to police.

With a flashlight, Gullatte then jumped in the box and handed the driver several bags of clothing and a small chair while the front-seat passenger, Meldene Dorrill, 46, served as the lookout, police said.

When the officer approached the vehicle, Dorrill allegedly said, "Hi officer, we are just dropping some things off."

While Dorrill and the driver were taken into custody, Gullatte hid under some clothes in the box, police said. She, too, eventually was taken into custody.

While sitting in the back of the car, police said Dorrill tried to hide a sock that contained a glass pipe and two syringes under the front seat. A search of Gullatte's purse produced a glass smoking pipe, a medicine bottle with Q-tips and a small plastic bad containing methamphetamine, police said.

Dorrill was charged with possession of drug-related objects, and Gullatte faces charges of possessing a Schedule II drug and a drug-related item.

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