Police: City woman sold meth

From Mirror staff reports

An Altoona woman is behind bars after police say she sold methamphetamine to an informant.

Misty D. Szebin, 46, was staying in a room at the Wingate hotel on Chestnut Avenue when she allegedly arranged to meet the informant and an undercover Altoona police officer so she could sell a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine on Wed­nes­­day night.

According to charges filed by Altoona police, Szebin told the informant she could sell the half-ounce of meth for $425, but when the informant was to meet up with Szebin about 8 p.m., she told the informant she only had a gram and would need a ride to her source to get more of the drug.

The undercover officer and the informant drove Szebin to her alleged source and waited in a parking lot while Szebin retrieved the methamphetamine.

Police said Szebin emerged from her source’s house and turned over the quarter-ounce of meth in exchange for $400.

Altoona police showed up at Szebin’s hotel room at just after midnight with a search warrant and took Szebin into custody after she allegedly admitted to getting the methamphetamine for the informant.

Police said another 15 grams, which is just over a half-ounce, of methamphetamine was recovered from Szebin’s room, along with two glass pipes and a cellphone.

Charges are also pending against Szebin’s alleged source, but he was not in custody as of Thursday night.

Szebin was arraigned on two felony drug cases Thurs­day morning — one for the alleged sale and another for the drugs seized from her hotel room.

Bail was set at a total of $50,000 cash by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones. Szebin remains in Blair County Prison with a preliminary hearing slated for Wednesday.

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