Police: Woman spikes husband’s drink because she didn’t want ‘to deal with him’ that night

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ST. GEORGE — An Ivins woman was arrested Monday after her husband was treated at the hospital for a drug overdose caused by a spiked drink, police say.

Booking photo of Sarah Nasrene Cooper, 29, of Ivins, Utah, June 25, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Sarah Nasrene Cooper, 29, of Ivins was arrested after allegedly spiking her husband’s wine with Tylenol and sedatives Sunday evening.

Cooper was charged in court documents with one count of surreptitious administration of a substance, a second-degree felony, and is being held at Purgatory Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail.

Cooper allegedly crushed seven Extra Strength Tylenol tablets, along with more than 10 two-milligram alprazolam pills – an anti-anxiety medication commonly known as Xanax – and mixed the powder into a cup of wine that she served to her husband, according to the probable cause statement in support of the arrest.

Police say Cooper gave her husband the mixture without his knowledge and he was treated at Dixie Regional Medical Center shortly after ingesting the drink, Santa Clara Ivins Police Sgt. Jaron Studley told St. George News in an email.

Cooper admitted to police that she crushed the pills and put them in the wine before serving it to her husband, claiming “she wasn’t trying to hurt her husband,” but was only trying to “make it so she didn’t have to deal with him” that night, according to the statement.

Police also spoke to Cooper’s husband who told them that right away he noticed that the wine tasted “funny” and noticed “white chunks and powder mixed in with the drink” before pouring the remainder of the mixture down the sink, the statement reads.

Shortly afterward, “the husband became ill and was transported to DRMC where he was treated for overdose symptoms,”  Studley said.

During a search of the residence, detectives found an empty bottle of alprazolam in the trash that appeared to have a white powdery residue on the bottom of the bottle, according to the statement. Police also located a plastic baggie containing what appeared to be crushed pills.

Cooper, who was scheduled to appear Tuesday in the 5th District Court, remains in jail at the writing of this report. Court documents do not indicate whether she is currently represented by an attorney.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • Real Life June 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    10 xanax? Was she trying to put him to sleep, or put him in a coma? Don’t get on her bad side!

  • comments June 26, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    she was probly just trying to calm him down from his heroin withdrawls. couple of real gems i’m sure.

    • Striker4 June 26, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      There you go folks another one of Prophet Bob know it all comments…isnt he amazing folks !

  • tazzman June 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    TEN alprazolam and Tylenol….was she trying to sedate an elephant?

  • mshaw June 26, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    She didn’t have the heart to tell him not tonight I have a headache

  • IPFreely June 26, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Sooooo… is she single now? Wouldn’t be my worst Tuesday night…

  • Striker4 June 26, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    anybody need a babysitter ?

    • Real Life June 27, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Did your mom make you get a job yet? She is really getting tired of you just taking up space in her basement. Get off the dope and go put some applications out there.

    • comments June 27, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Aww, that’s so cute 🙂 . Our dear little dumpy dump has finally found the initiative to look for a job. 😉

  • ladybugavenger June 27, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    ? I wonder if he will divorce her

    • comments June 29, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      doubtful. he’s probly used to her doing this kinda stuff

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