Woman wanted on bench warrants found with heroin
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.