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Drugs, stolen weapon seized in Interstate 80 traffic stop

Three women are in Centre County Correctional Facility after a traffic stop in Marion Township.

According to state police at Rockview, it started as a routine stop for a non-functioning tail light around 1 p.m. on Thursday near the 165 mile marker on Interstate 80. But Trooper Aaron Tiracorda, a member of the K-9 unit, said that “indicators of criminal activity were observed,” prompting a search with a police dog.

The search proved fruitful.

Police say they found a .22 caliber rifle with ammunition. That weapon was confirmed stolen from New York City.

Then there were the drugs. The search turned up a variety of illegal substances, including 10 grams of pure heroin, 10 stamp bags containing heroin, 35 separately packaged gram bags of marijuana, 14 oxycodone tablets and about 9 grams of an unidentified white powder.

Police also located about 1,000 unused bags for packaging heroin to sell and “assorted scales and other paraphernalia.”

Adrienne Hopes, 35, of Newark, N.J., was charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; and possession of a firearm prohibited. She also faces misdemeanor counts of possession and paraphernalia. She was unable to post the $25,000 bond set by District Judge Allen Sinclair.

Kayla Sue Thompson, 25, of DuBois, and Raquel Harrison, 27, of Newark, N.J., were also charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession and paraphernalia. Their bail was also set at $25,000 and they were unable to post that bond.

All three women are slated for preliminary hearings on Wednesday.

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