Kauai woman found guilty of heroin possession

LIHUE, Kauai — A Kauai jury found a homeless woman guilty of heroin possession in a trial where her mother testified against her.

Jurors deliberated for about an hour Wednesday before returning a verdict finding Julia Scriven guilty of promoting a dangerous drug in the third-degree.

Authorities say Laurie Scriven visited her daughter on Kauai and later found Julia Scriven in a motel room unconscious near a bag containing heroin and used needles.

Julia Scriven’s defense attorney says she was the victim of a plot in which her mother planted the substance in the room after her daughter fell asleep.

It’s rare for a case involving less than $200 worth of illegal drugs to go to trial. Lawyers declined to say whether Scriven was offered a plea deal.

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