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City woman faces drug charges

Lykens allegedly removed evidence from home

An Altoona woman has been charged after police say she removed drug evidence from Cherry Avenue home.

Emily Lykens, 18, is accused of taking a shoebox with marijuana, pills, scales and other paraphernalia from her home while Altoona police were waiting for a search warrant at 109 Cherry Ave., according to charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio.

Lykens walked out of the home at 2:22 a.m. Saturday with a juvenile and the shoebox, according to police who were watching the residence until the search warrant was obtained.

Lykens allegedly walked down the 100 block of Cherry Avenue and turned right onto Second Street before putting the box beneath a tree on the grounds of Irving Elementary School.

The box was then retrieved by police. Inside, police allegedly found 11.5 ounces of marijuana, four clonazepam pills, two digital scales, packaging materials and other paraphernalia.

When police executed the search warrant and Lykens was questioned, she allegedly told officers her boyfriend, Jeffrey Pfahler, 21, called and told her to get the shoebox in their bedroom out of the home.

She allegedly admitted she knew pot was inside and she could smell it.

Lykens was charged with criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, corruption of minors and tampering with evidence.

Lykens was released on an unsecured $25,000 bond after her arraignment Saturday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio. A preliminary hearing is slated for July 8 at Central Court.

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