Leesburg woman jailed on hefty drug charges after tangling with deputies

Sharon Adele Stricker

A homeless Leesburg woman was jailed Friday on multiple charges after calling Lake County sheriff’s deputies twice to report verbal disturbances.

Deputies responded to the area of N Lake View Avenue on Friday morning and initially couldn’t locate 45-year-old Sharon Adele Stricker. But she called for help a second time about an hour later and they located her in the street with several bags of personal belongings.

Stricker was “rambling” about several topics – “many incomprehensible” – but later remained focused about a dispute with a person in the area. She was adamant about getting a brown backpack from a home she stayed at overnight, which she already had obtained before deputies arrived.

Lake County sheriff’s deputies say these items were found in Sharon Adele Stricker’s purse and backpack. The 45-year-old homeless Leesburg woman was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, resisting without violence, disorderly conduct and possession of paraphernalia with intent to distribute.

Stricker then began “verbally aggressive” and stepped toward a deputy when she was asked to leave the area per a request by a resident. She continued her aggressive behavior and was then restrained by deputies after ignoring their warnings, a sheriff’s office report states.

Deputies then went through Stricker’s purse and backpack and reported finding:

  • A Ziploc bag containing crystal methamphetamine;
  • A black box containing 21.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine; and
  • 89 unused Ziploc bags, 100 medium unused Ziploc bags, 42 unused red Ziploc bags and six large unused Ziploc bags.

Stricker was placed under arrest and transported to the Lake County Jail, where she was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, resisting without violence, disorderly conduct and possession of paraphernalia with intent to distribute. She is being held on $29,000 bond and is due in court May 18 at 8:30 a.m. to answer to the charges.

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