NKPD K-9 “Deuce” put to work at recent drug incident; one person arrested

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New Kensington, Pa. – Police in New Kensington arrested a Tarentum woman after a caller reported a woman appearing to be unconscious and sitting in a pickup truck in Central City Plaza near the Family Dollar.

According to the criminal complaint, police units arrived on scene and made contact with the sole occupant of the vehicle identified as Sarah Winter, age 33 of Tarentum. Winter had her head leaning forward as a New Kensington officer drove directly beside the driver’s side window. The officer walked up to the window and there was still no reaction from Winter who appeared to be unconscious. The officer yelled loudly, ” ma’am” and Winter jumped and appeared startled.

She apologized and began to state that she was looking at years old text messages. She stated that she had ordered Dairy Queen and showed police the bag with food in it. Police asked Winter if she was okay and if she needed any medical attention. Winter stated that she was okay but appeared very nervous and was breathing rapidly.

Winters’s eyes did appear to be pinpointed according to the complaint. Police asked if there was anything illegal inside of the vehicle and she responded by saying there was not. Police asked Winter if she was on any medications and she stated that she had a prescription for naloxone but was not currently using it.

Sarah Winter

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Suspect Winter agreed to a consent to search the vehicle and she did so by stating, “yes, “you can look.” Winter then began to reach to the passenger seat and grabbed a black item and reached toward the rear passenger seat. Winter was asked to step out of the vehicle and to stop reaching in the truck.

As part of the investigation, NKPD K-9 Handler Officer Joe Martino and K-9 Deuce arrived on scene and sniffed out the vehicle in an effort to locate any additional drugs.

Police located a plastic-like pipe. When police showed this to Winter, she stated that the black pipe was not hers. Also located were two additional plastic-like pipes and a glass pipe with a chore boy style filter and a metal push rod. Also seized in the incident was a small ziplock bag of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Also in the bag was one open Buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film packet and one unopened buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film packet.

Winter once again stated the items were not hers.

Police were able to determine the small ziplock bag contained crystal methamphetamine and was weighed at approximately .79 grams.

Charges: M Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg 08/10/2019 and M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraphernalia

A Preliminary Hearing is scheduled on 09/12/2019 @ 1:15 pm before the Honorable Magisterial District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.

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