Woman who burned down 3,500-year-old tree while smoking meth arrested again

"The Senator" cypress tree before it burned down in 2012. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A Florida woman who made national headlines in 2012 for burning down an ancient tree while smoking meth inside of it, has been arrested on drug-related charges, again.

According to WKMG-TV, Sara Barnes was arrested Friday on drug trafficking charges after police found 22 grams of meth inside of a plastic container in a washing machine, and 16 more grams of meth in Barnes' room.

Barnes was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine.

In January 2012, Barnes garnered national attention and outrage after she and a friend climbed inside the hollow trunk of a 3,500-year-old cypress tree known as "The Senator" to smoke meth with a friend.

Barnes lit a fire to see better, and that's when the tree went up in flames causing the tree to collapse, destroying it.

The Senator was 125 feet tall with a 17.5-foot diameter at the trunk.

Native Americans had used the tree as a landmark for centuries.

In 2014 Barnes was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the crime, but the judge suspended that sentence if she successfully completed probation for five years.

Since 2012, records show Barnes has been arrested six times, including the most recent one.

She's been arrested for DUI, drug possession and aggravated assault.