Police make drug, weapons arrests in Towamencin
Towamencin Township police arrested three area residents in connection with alleged drug and weapons possession at the Holiday Inn on Sumneytown Pike last weekend.
According to police, the three arrested were Brian Frederick Gottlieb, 26, of the 1900 block of West Bishopwood Boulevard, Lansdale; Brittney Elizabeth Benner, 22, of the 100 block of Hopewell Road, Telford; and Shane Michael Gesnaker, 24, of the 400 block of South Main Street, Quakertown.
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According to police, Benner and two other people were located inside a hotel room, where a small amount of mar- ijuana was found in the room, and syringes were found in a purse belonging to Benner; the male occupant of the room wDs ODWHU LGHQWLfiHG Ey SROLFH as Gesnaker, police said.
A third occupant in the room, a woman, was released and no charges have EHHQ fiOHG DJDLQsW hHU DW WhLs time, according to police.
Police later found that Benner and Gesnaker had traveled to the hotel in a silver Acura owned by Benner, which was found in the parking lot, and Aug. 18, the Acura was searched after a search warrant was issued. Inside the Acura, police said, were 405 baggies of suspected heroin with an estimated street value of $6,000, a black pellet gun that looked like a real gun, a box of unused syringes and a glass pipe containing suspected marijuana residue. All were seized by police.
According to police, Gottlieb has been charged with possessing a prohibited offensive weapon, making IDOsH LGHQWLfiFDWLRQ WR ODw enforcement, possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was held on a probation detainer and remains in custody, police said.
Benner has been charged with possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy, possessing a controlled substance, receiving a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned before District Judge Albert J. Augustine of Skippack and committed to Montgomery CRuQWy CRUUHFWLRQDO FDFLOity in lieu of posting $25,000 cash bail, police said.
Gesnaker was charged with possession with intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy, possessing a controlled substance, receiving a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before Augustine and committed to the county prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.
Preliminary hearings for both Benner and Gesnaker are scheduled for Aug. 27 before District Judge Harold Borek of Lansdale, police said.