COPPERAS COVE — A woman arrested on Monday for allegedly shoplifting at the local Walmart faces additional charges of forgery and multiple counts of drug possession near a local elementary school,

On Tuesday, Justice of the Peace John Guinn arraigned Ashley Nichole Shelton on a $4,000 bond for theft, $15,000 for forgery of government documents and a $34,000 bond for five different drug charges.

Shelton was arrested after officers were dispatched to Walmart on U.S. Highway 190 and allegedly caught her with several electronics, dog accessories, clothing articles, baby items and other property valued over $500 that she did not purchase.

Shelton allegedly told officers that she had enough money with her to pay for the items.

When officers were counting the money, they allegedly found two counterfeit $20 bills resulting in forgery charges against Shelton.

Upon searching Shelton, officers also allegedly found five different drugs ranging from cylobenzaprine hydrochloride, which is available by prescription only, to nearly a gram of methamphetamine.

Shelton faced further charges for allegedly possessing the drugs in a drug-free zone as the Walmart is within 1,000 feet of Mae Stevens Elementary School.

In an unrelated case on Monday, Guinn arraigned Remedios Brione Alston, 29, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

On Sunday, officers served Alston with two outstanding warrants when they allegedly found him in possession of two yellow plastic bags that tested positive for more than a gram of methamphetamine.

As of Tuesday, Alston remained in the Coryell County Jail.

Alston’s bond was set at $10,000.

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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