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Traffic stop yields meth, heroin

Police charge Tyrone pair with drug possession

Two people from Tyrone face charges after police found drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop.

Jason P. Lewis, 39, of 115 Gladys Lane, and Christy L. Mengel, 38, of 705 Oak St., were arraigned Thursday morning by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on multiple drug and drug paraphernalia possession charges stemming from a traffic stop in Tyrone on Sept. 9.

According to the charges, Lewis and Mengel were both passengers in a silver-colored Dodge Ram 1500 that Tyrone police stopped on Adams Avenue just after 8 p.m. after officers saw it swerving on the road.

Police said both Lewis and Mengel had Blair County Sheriff’s Office warrants, and when they were searched after their arrest, police allegedly found syringes loaded with either methamphetamine or heroin in bags belonging to both of them.

Police indicated Mengel had a preloaded syringe in a plastic shopping bag along with her identification card, a container with four cotton swab ends, about 30 small, clear plastic bags, a multi-colored glass pipe, three pairs of scissors, three spoons and 19 hypodermic needles, plus a small green bag with residue in it.

Lewis allegedly had a preloaded syringe along with a spoon, a syringe and a white shoelace.

Mengel is currently awaiting trial on felony and misdemeanor drug charges stemming from her arrest in April in which police said she had multiple bags of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia on her while she was a passenger in another traffic stop.

She had been jailed in lieu of $20,000 cash bail, but she was released in June after her bail was modified to an unsecured bond in Blair County Court by Judge Wade Kagarise.

Both Lewis and Mengel remain in Blair County Prison and are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings on Tuesday.

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