Drug overdose leads to charges


A drug overdose in Altoona has led to charges against a Clearfield County woman.

Gabrielle E. Reffett, 21, of Clearfield was taken into custody Monday after police responded to 1303 Second St. about 7 p.m. for a report of an overdose, according to charges filed by Altoona police.

Police said a man was unconscious and on the staircase landing of the home and was treated by AMED while Reffett and a male, who wasn’t named, were detained after they were found in other rooms of the home.

Reffett had been in the bathroom and after she walked out, police noticed a purse hidden between the shower curtain and the bathtub’s wall. At one point, Reffett said she needed to use the bathroom and officers could hear the shower curtain moving and water running. When she came out of the bathroom, the purse was open and Reffett seemed nervous, telling police someone may have put something in her purse and she was looking for her phone.

Reffett then was arrested for concealing evidence and she admitted it was her purse in the bathroom, although police said she repeatedly gave officers a fake name. She also told officers the male was her boyfriend but he told police he wasn’t in a relationship with her and she had only been there for the first time that day.

Police said the male’s mother told officers that Reffett had brought the drugs the man overdosed on and once Reffett was taken to the Altoona Police Department, a search of the purse allegedly revealed four empty plastic bags with the Nike logo imprinted on them, one plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine with the Nike logo on it, a suspected clonazepam pill, 20 grams of marijuana, three stamp bags of suspected heroin labeled “Versace,” an empty wax packet with “Versace” on it, rolling papers and other paraphernalia and $1,568 in cash.

A search of Reffett’s bra by a female Logan Township police officer allegedly turned up a glass pipe, a marijuana “roach,” two plastic bags holding about a dozen suspected clonazepam pills, four black plastic bags of suspected methamphetamine that weighed 6 grams and 21 wax packets of heroin in “Versace” stamp bags.

Reffett was booked on felony possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of tampering with evidence, obstruction of law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $75,000 cash by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Tuesday morning and Reffett remains in Blair County Prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 at Central Court.


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