A Monmouth Beach woman was charged with possession of heroin following a shoplifting arrest in Little Silver on Sunday afternoon.
The woman, Dana Labriola, 30, was initially arrested for shoplifting by shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday at , according to an arrest warrant. Police say Labriola was allegedly trying to leave the store with a basket full of cosmetics totaling $91 in retail value. Patrolman Francis Salerno made the arrest.
Police said the CVS store manager called them upon recognizing Labriola as a person matching the description of a woman who had shoplifted from the store on Jan. 18, an incident which is still under investigation.
While Labriola was being processed for the shoplifting incident at police headquarters, Little Silver police said Patrolwoman Amanda Arnold discovered 13 decks of heroin to be hidden inside Labriola's bra and change purse. A "deck" typically contains one to 15 grams of heroin.
Labriola is charged with shoplifting, which is classified as a disorderly persons offense when the retail value of the merchandise is less than $200, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, a felony.
If convicted, a second shoplifting offense carries a sentence of at least 15 days of community service. Possession of a controlled dangerous substance is a third degree crime which carries a possible three-to-five year prison sentence and fines of up to $15,000.
Labriola is being held at Monmouth County Correctional Institute in Freehold on a $50,000 bail with an option to post 10 percent. She is scheduled for an initial appearance before a Monmouth County court on Feb. 16.