Woman wanted on bench war­rants found with heroin

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL - By DAN CLARK

COURT­HOUSE — A Birds­boro woman who was wanted on five sep­a­rate bench war­rants in Mont­gomery County was found in Boyertown on Thurs­day with seven bun­dles of heroin, Mont­gomery County Sher­iff Rus­sell Bono and Sgt. Joanne Plas­terer of the sher­iff’s depart­ment said on Tues­day.

Plas­terer said deputies in the war­rants’ di­vi­sion were search­ing for Ash­ley Diener, 24, and had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that she was in a home on the first block of Long Lane Road in Boyertown. Ac­cord­ing to Plas­terer, the four deputies made con­tact with a male who an­swered the door. The male told deputies Diener was in a room on the sec­ond floor where deputies then se­cured her and searched her.

Ac­cord­ing to Plas­terer, a fe­male deputy searched Diener and no­ticed a small, blue plas­tic bag­gie with a “pow­dery sub­stance in her bra.” After search­ing Diener, the deputy re­cov­ered seven bun­dles of the same blue plas­tic bag with a pow­dery sub­stance in her un­der­wear.

Plas­terer said each bun­dle held seven to 20 small plas­tic bags of sus­pected heroin.

“The Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice, Read­ing bar­racks, were called and re­sponded to the scene and took cus­tody of the drugs,” Plas­terer said.

Cash to­tal­ing $650 was also taken by state po­lice as ev­i­dence. She said the state po­lice will be charg­ing Diener for the drugs. How­ever, she was taken to Mont­gomery County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity to be held for the bench war­rants for dif­fer­ent pa­role vi­o­la­tions.

A press of­fi­cer from the Read­ing Bar­racks of the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment on Tues­day.

“This was a great job by the war­rants’ di­vi­sion,” Bono said. “What it points out is the im­por­tance of hav­ing fe­male deputies. We run into th­ese sit­u­a­tions on a daily ba­sis and we’re for­tu­nate here — in the depart­ment — to have more than one fe­male deputy. I will con­tinue to try to bal­ance out the depart­ment along, not only racial, but on a gen­der ba­sis. It’s very im­por­tant that hap­pens.”

Bono said male deputies would have been legally able to search the woman if the fe­male deputy was un­avail­able, how­ever, it would have been “not ad­vis­able.”

Plas­terer, who is in charge of the war­rants’ di­vi­sion, said if a fe­male of­fi­cer is not avail­able for an in depth search, one of the male of­fi­cers would have done a pre­lim­i­nary search. She said he could use a ba­ton or the back of his hand to search for weapons.

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