Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On April 30, 2024, at approximately 5:08 PM, Missoula Police Department officers responded to a store in the 2900 block of Brooks Street regarding multiple reports of a disorderly female. One 911 caller stated that the suspect was yelling at random people and throwing things at them while pushing a shopping cart.  

Another 911 caller said that the suspect had a pipe, was hitting vehicles with her body, and dancing around. The officers located the suspect at the intersection of South Ave. and Grant St. They identified her as 30-year-old Karrah Pickens and confirmed she was pushing a shopping cart.  

After being advised of her rights, Pickens began making statements to law enforcement. While she was talking, the officer noticed clear signs of impairment. The officer said Pickens could not sit still, had involuntary muscle movements, exhibited bruxism in her jaw, and was looking around as if other people were watching her.  

According to court documents, Pickens stated that she last used drugs the day prior and admitted to taking the shopping cart from Albertson’s. The officer knows that shopping cart theft is a significant issue for grocery stores and that full-sized shopping carts can cost up to $377. The shopping cart was ultimately returned to Albertson’s by a community service specialist.  

Dispatch advised the officers that Pickens is on probation. Probation and Parole requested a search of Pickens and her property. An officer began by searching the shopping cart. Inside, he found a handcuff case containing plungers for hypodermic needles, alcohol prep pads, cotton balls, and a small, clear baggie containing methamphetamine.  

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He also located a paper bag containing the following: cook tins, bandages, numerous hypodermic syringes, a glass pipe apparently used for smoking methamphetamine, a lighter, more alcohol prep pads, and antibiotic ointment. Pickens also had a used hypodermic syringe on her person.  

The officer transported Pickens to the Missoula County Detention Facility. Pickens is currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, and theft. 

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable.  

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