Lemont Furnace woman dropped crack cocaine at booking center, police say
A Lemont Furnace woman who Uniontown police said dropped a small bag containing crack cocaine on the floor of the booking center faces a possession charge.
Lt. Tom Kolencik said Savannah J. Turachak, 23, was taken to the booking center in the police station on East Penn Street to be cited for public drunkenness at noon on Nov. 19. She was patted down for weapons, but a more thorough search was not conducted because she was to be released immediately after she was cited, Kolencik said.
The woman left the station but returned moments later to report another person was harassing her. A small plastic bag containing .55 grams of crack cocaine fell out of her shirt as she stood at a window in the lobby, Kolencik said.
“She fluffed her shirt, kind of pulled it out, and that’s when it fell out,” Kolencik said, describing how the incident was caught on video surveillance. “It appears she kind of panicked.”
Kolencik said he found the bag after the woman left. He said the video surveillance shows Turachak tried to retrieve the bag after she dropped it, but she left when three people entered the building.
“It’s one thing to find drugs on somebody on the street, but when you bring it into our building, we’re going to take it pretty seriously,” Kolencik said.
Kolencik said Turachek is charged before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros with possession and will be notified via summons.
Liz Zemba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or [email protected].