Fiancee of suspected heroin dealer arrested

A Tyrone woman is in jail after police say she showed up to collect drug money from a police informant.

Jessica N. Adams, 24, of 1313 Washington Ave., was taken into custody Thursday night after the informant met her in a convenience store parking lot and handed over the cash about 9 p.m., according to Altoona police. That cash, police indicated in the affidavit of probable cause, was meant for her fiance, Alexsi Lopez, who has remained locked up at the Blair County Prison since his arrest on heroin charges in March.

Police arrested Lopez on March 9 after he was pulled over in a traffic stop and $33,000 in cash was found inside the car. A subsequent search of his motel room allegedly turned up 250 packets of heroin.

Adams allegedly admitted to officers after her arrest that the $2,000 she collected was a drug debt owed to Lopez.

Altoona police Detective Sgt. Chris Moser said the pair face additional drug charges stemming from “an historical investigation” into Lopez and Adams and their alleged drug business. Moser added that another investigation into a fatal heroin overdose from earlier this year might mean one or both suspects may face drug delivery resulting in death charges.

“We hope to have that wrapped up in the near future,” Moser said. The investigation was supported in part through Operation Our Town.

According to police, the informant who turned over the money to Adams came forward Thursday to tell Altoona police narcotics investigators that he had previously sold heroin for Lopez and that Lopez kept heroin in a “stash house” in Pinecroft. After Lopez was arrested, Adams told him and another person to get the heroin from the house in Pinecroft and to sell it to raise money for Lopez’s bail and attorney fees.

The informant told police there was $50,000 worth of heroin in the house and that he took half of it and the other person took the rest. The informant told police he had already paid Adams $7,000 but had not paid Adams for the rest of the heroin he got from the stash house.

At the behest of police, the informant contacted Adams on Thursday and made arrangements to meet her at 17th Street and Pleasant Valley Boulevard later that night.

Police said Adams told the informant that Lopez wouldn’t have a problem with the informant making payments to pay off the debt. She also talked about the potency of the heroin, police added.

After her arrest, Adams not only admitted the money was for the heroin debt, but she allegedly referred to the heroin as “theirs” and “ours,” meaning belonging to her and Lopez. Adams told police that Lopez sold heroin to the informant as well as John McGregor, who police arrested on heroin charges on March 3. Lopez was driving McGregor’s car when he was pulled over with the $33,000 in cash.

Police also secured prison phone calls between Lopez and Adams in which they allegedly talked about their drug business and retrieving the heroin from the stash house.

Adams was arraigned Friday morning on felony drug counts, including a charge of criminal conspiracy as well dealing in proceeds of illegal activity, and placed in Blair County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.