By Kristen Pownall

Arizona Daily Wildcat

A convenience store employee was arrested on charges of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia early Tuesday morning after she dropped a vial of cocaine in front of a police officer who was purchasing items at the store.

Rachel H. Munroe, 24, of the 8000 block of East El Toro Circle, walked up and stood next to a University of Arizona police officer as he chatted with another clerk behind the counter at the Circle K store at 1150 E. Sixth St.

Police noticed Munroe was holding a watch in her right hand and seemed to be hiding something in her left hand. A small, amber-colored vial then dropped from her left hand onto the floor, police said.

Police recognized the vial as one that commonly holds narcotics. She then quickly picked up the vial, police said.

When asked what was in her hand, Munroe showed police her watch and said nothing was in her left hand. Police then reached for her left hand and she gave the officer a vial containing a white powdery substance, police said.

Police brought Munroe outside and she told them the vial was on the counter and she just knocked it to the floor. When asked why she tried to conceal it, Munroe said she became nervous and was unsure of what to do with the vial. She told police the vial was not hers, but she did have marijuana in her pocket, which she handed over to police, police said.

Munroe told police she may have more marijuana in her car, police said. After searching her car, police found plastic bag containing what Munroe said was marijuana, a leather pouch with a mirror, razor blade and scoop and a folded piece of paper containing a white powdery substance that Munroe said was cocaine, police said.

Munroe told police the items were hers and said she also had a tube with cocaine residue in her bra, police said.

Munroe was booked into Pima County Jail.

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