Jeannette mom accused of drug sale with kids in car
A 21-year-old Jeannette woman was jailed Thursday on charges of selling heroin with her two children in a car with her in downtown Greensburg.
City police said they received a call about 1:45 p.m. Thursday from a person who was working on North Pennsylvania Avenue, near the state office building. The man reported that he had observed a “hand-to-hand” drug transaction involving a woman in a vehicle.
Capt. Chad Zucco said officers discovered Ashley Uncapher inside a parked Dodge Caliber with her two children, who are 2 and 3, in the back seat. The car was in a handicapped parking space.
“Officers could smell burned marijuana emanating from the vehicle,” Zucco said.
A search of the car resulted in the discovery of 31 stamp bags of heroin; $1,406 in cash; seven cellphones; a .40-caliber handgun and a 9 mm handgun; 71 rounds of ammunition; and a small amount of marijuana, police said.
“Most of the items were located in a large purse that Uncapher had at her feet while seated in the driver’s seat when officers approached,” Zucco said.
Officers determined that Uncapher owned the weapons, but the investigation is continuing, he said.
“Uncapher later admitted to making a sale of heroin just prior to the arrival of police,” Zucco said.
She was arraigned on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children, possession of marijuana and using a cellphone during commission of a crime.
Zucco said the children were placed in the custody of a relative.
Uncapher was jailed on $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Greensburg District Judge James Albert is pending.
Paul Peirce is a reporter for Trib Total Media.