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Nadia Lockyer, recently separated from state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, faces charges of felony methamphetamine possession and child abuse, the San Jose Mercury News reported today.

She was arrested last week in Orange County after officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia at the house of a relative with whom she was staying with the Lockyers' 9-year-old son, Diego. Besides the felony methamphetamine charge, she faces misdemeanor charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse and endangerment.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office filed the child abuse charge because methamphetamine was found in the same room where Lockyer was staying with her son, the paper reported. Police in the City of Orange acted on a caller's tip.

Nadia Lockyer has since pleaded "not guilty" to the charges and has entered a drug rehabilitation facility. Diego is living with Bill Lockyer, according to the treasurer's spokesman.

She has roots in Southern California and was once a Santa Ana school board member before she married Bill Lockyer in 2003. She resigned in April in the middle of her first term as an Alameda County supervisor, a post she won in 2010 thanks in part to $1.5 million from her husband's political war chest.

She faced open scrutiny following a Feb. 3 confrontation at an East Bay hotel with her former boyfriend, a methamphetamine user she met in a previous addiction recovery course.


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