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May 21, 2014

Police: ‘Well over’ 100 bags of heroin found at Danville motel

DANVILLE — A man flushed heroin down a Cooper Township motel room toilet and told his girlfriend to hold some heroin.

She complied by placing several bags of heroin in her vagina, law enforcement officers testified Wednesday afternoon.

“She told me she had several bags inserted in her vagina she said she got from Curtis who went back to flush some and gave her some to hold,” Mahoning Township Police Chief and Special Montour County Detective Robert Blee Jr. said.

Sarah Long, 25, also told Blee that she and Donovan M. Curtis, 26, had been selling heroin from the Penn Motel for three months.

Following a preliminary hearing for Curtis, Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder sent his case to court. Attorney Hugh Sumner, representing Curtis, called no witnesses.

Long, represented by Attorney Ray Kessler, waived her right to a hearing. Shrawder also reduced her bail from a straight $50,000 to $50,000 unsecured bail. She will need an approved home plan before she is released from Northumberland County Prison. Curtis was returned to the Montour County Jail in lieu of $100,000 straight bail.

Montour County Deputy Sheriff Ryan King testified the heroin Long concealed was removed by a female probation officer from Columbia County.

Long and Curtis were arrested after an off-duty Mahoning Township police officer saw Long’s sister, Megan Defrain, 28, of Bloomsburg, standing outside Long’s motel room March 11. He recognized her as being wanted on felony warrants for illegal use of a debit card.

Police testified Curtis and Long had also been wanted on warrants.

Two other people were also charged with making methamphetamine in another room of the motel. Blee testified that Curtis and Long were familiar with them.

Blee also said two weapons found in Room 4, rented by Long, were air pistols that shot plastic or rubber projectiles that Long said she and Curtis owned.

Curtis was apprehended hiding in the bathroom of the room where police found meth was being cooked.

When Blee asked Long where Curtis was, she said she last saw him in the bathroom of their room. Police found the screen of the bathroom had been pushed out. They discovered a syringe outside the window.

Montour County Sheriff Ray Gerringer, who serves as field supervisor of the Northumberland Montour Drug Task Force and as chief county detective, testified Long allowed police and sheriff’s deputies to search her room. “She was very cooperative,” he said upon questioning by County District Attorney Rebecca Warren.

Gerringer said items found in the room included syringes, empty heroin bags, residue on spoons, three prescription bottles, an air pellet gun under the bed box springs, cell phones, a bundle of heroin bags wrapped around a syringe and heroin bags containing residue. He said there were “well over” 100 bags of heroin.

In the bathroom, he found a syringe and more than two bricks of heroin.

King testified he photographed and logged evidence collected.

Curtis faces charges of two felonies for possession with intent to deliver drugs, two misdemeanors of prohibited acts, 12 misdemeanors of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and 12 misdemeanors of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

Long was charged with two felonies of prohibited acts, two counts of prohibited acts misdemeanors, 12 misdemeanors of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and 12 misdemeanors of use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

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