Pregnant woman faces drug charge

Staff report


Police say a 24-year-old Sharon, Pa., woman arrested on drug charges after heroin was found in her purse is nine months pregnant.

Officers spotted a car that Marissa Puhac of Logan Avenue in Sharon was a passenger in about 7:05 p.m. Monday pull out of a Market Street gas station that has a high amount of drug activity, according to reports. They pulled it over for an improper lane change at the Interstate 680 ramp on Woodland Avenue.

The driver of the car, Ross Seliga, also of Logan Avenue in Sharon, told police there were no drugs in the car, but a police dog that sniffed the air around the car detected drugs, reports said.

An officer saw Puhac trying to hide her purse, and an officer asked if she had any contraband inside, reports said. Puhac told officers no and denied them permission to search the purse. However, because the dog detected drugs in the car, officers legally were allowed to search her purse, reports said.

Puhac admitted to having $30 worth of heroin, which she said was for a friend who was too sick to buy. She said she is on methadone and is no longer an addict, reports said.

She was arrested on a charge of possession of drugs heroin and taken to the Mahoning County jail. Seliga was cited for driving under suspension, reports said.

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