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STONINGTON — A New Jersey woman is facing drug and burglary charges after the police said she and several friends left a Mystic hotel without paying for their room, then tried to break back in to retrieve methamphetamine.

Stonington police on Sunday charged 23-year-old Justene M. Jones, 23, of Jackson, N.J., with possession of narcotics, third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary. She was released after posting a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear for arraignment in New London Superior Court on Feb. 5.

The police said they were called to the Residence Inn on Whitehall Avenue just before noon for reports of an attempted burglary. An investigation found that Jones and friends were guests at the hotel the night before and left without paying, according to a police report. The hotel then secured the room so they could not reenter.

A short time later, the police said that Jones and her friends tried and failed to reenter the room, and that Jones damaged a window trying to get in, thus alerting the hotel staff that something was wrong.

The police said a search of the room revealed 2.7 grams of methamphetamine, and Jones claimed to be the owner.

After speaking with Jones and the guests, the police said she apologized for having left and agreed to pay the full amount of the bill. The hotel did not press charges against the other guests, the police said.

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