Woman charged in Saturday heroin bust denied bail modification

A Johnstown woman charged in connection with possession and delivering heroin Saturday in Marion Township was refused a bail modification Wednesday in Centre County court.

Tanysha M. Johnson, 22, a member of the Army National Guard, was stopped at 2:25 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 80 near Exit 161 with Hasus L. Hardy, 26, also of Johnstown, for a traffic violation, state police at Rockview said.

Police said they discovered 3,000 bags of heroin — about 60 bricks — in the trunk of their car. Johnson was charged with possession with intent to deliver.

Her attorney, Lucas Kelleher, of Altoona, in requesting unsecured bond Wednesday, argued that Johnson has ties to central Pennsylvania. But the prosecution countered that her criminal history extends to other states, specifically Washington, and other crimes, including resisting arrest.

District Judge Leslie Dutchcot said she was reluctant to change Johnson’s $50,000 bail. Johnson waived her preliminary hearing, and her case is set for June.

Hardy waived his hearing Wednesday, and he and Johnson remain in the Centre County Correctional Facility.