Cambria woman faces drug, counterfeit money counts

Maybush originally charged in retail theft case

A Cambria County woman wanted in Blair County now faces additional charges after police find counterfeit money and drugs.

Melissa L. Maybush, 35, of Ashville, was arrested Thursday night on a Logan Township police arrest warrant from July, and when searched, officers allegedly found $130 in counterfeit cash as well as suspected methamphetamine, heroin and about 100 syringes, according to charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson.

Maybush was wanted on a retail theft case from July 10 where she allegedly walked out of Boscov’s in Logan Town Centre with merchandise she didn’t buy. When police found her near the I-99 entrance ramp at 17th Street, Maybush allegedly had two stamp bags of suspected heroin on her along with 10 clonazepam pills.

She was subsequently arraigned on misdemeanor retail theft and drug possession charges that same night and was released on an unsecured $10,000 bond. Court records show Maybush failed to appear for her preliminary hearing on July 25.

She was detained about 9 p.m. Thursday at the Altoona Grand Hotel on Sheraton Drive by Allegheny Township police, and Logan Township police responded and took her into custody. Along with the suspected heroin and methamphetamine, police said she had 12 empty packets of suspected heroin as well as one uncapped syringe and a box of 100 new, unused syringes.

Maybush was arraigned Friday morning on felony charges of felony forgery and misdemeanor counts of drug and drug paraphernalia possession. Her bail was set $25,000 cash by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones. The unsecured bail on her July case was changed to $10,000 cash.

Maybush remains locked up in Blair County Prison and is scheduled to appear Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson for preliminary hearings on both cases.