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Pa. pair charged with drug transport, conspiracy

Two people found slumped over in the front seat of their vehicle at Sheetz on Saturday morning have been charged with felony drug offenses tied to heroin and meth packets in their possession.

Dana Heishman, 57, and Chaz M. Crews, 30, of Avella, Pa. face charges of possession with the intent to deliver, transporting drugs into the state and conspiracy with one another to commit the crimes.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, Sgt. Scott Lemon of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department found the pair slumped forward and their vehicle running shortly after 7 a.m.

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er waking, the two told Sgt. Lemon they were sleeping because they were tired, and had been passing through Berkeley Springs from Washington, Pa. to Waynesboro, Va.

According to the police report, Sgt. Lemon spotted evidence of marijuana use on the driver’s side floorboard and in the center console area. Crews admitted to driving without a license and could supply no ID to the officer.

When Deputy Hustler arrived on the scene, officers asked Crews to get out of the vehicle. Police seized the marijuana and asked Heishman about drug use. She allegedly told officers she only uses methamphetamines and handed Sgt. Lemon her “meth pipe”. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a shoestring made into a tourniquet. Heishman told officers she had needles but no heroin, and allegedly apologized to officers for the uncapped, used needle in a bag of needles she showed them.

Sgt. Lemon later located a clear baggie filled with white rice surrounding several objects. Inside were 30-40 small, folded wax paper envelopes of suspected heroin bundled in four groups. Heishman allegedly told officers the drugs belonged to her.

A further search of the vehicle turned up six rock-like objects, suspected to be crystal meth, in a clear baggie with cereal, as well as other drug paraphernalia and used heroin packs.

Both Heishman and Crews are being held in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash/surety bond.

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