Po­lice make drug, weapons ar­rests in Towa­mencin

North Penn Life - - News - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

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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Po­lice said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan Aug. 17 around 4:10 p.m. at the Hol­i­day Inn, whHQ DQ RI­fiFHU RQ SDWURO no­ticed a ve­hi­cle parked in a se­cluded area of the propHUWy. :hHQ WhH RI­fiFHU SDssHG the ve­hi­cle, two oc­cu­pants inside tried to hide from the RI­fiFHU, DFFRUGLQJ WR SROLFH.

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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.

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