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Lansford man is facing charges

Published January 21. 2012 09:01AM

Jason Miller, 33, of 543 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 7:30 p.m. July 16, 2010, at Ridge and Chestnut streets in that borough. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia were filed by Officer Jason Helmer. According to an affidavit of probable cause:

While on patrol, Helmer saw a gray sedan with two people inside illegally parked and blocking a garage in the 300 block of East Ridge Street for an extended period of time.

He returned to the area and made contact with the car's occupants, requesting identification. The passenger was identified as Miller. The driver identified herself as Megan Ensel.

Ensel told Helmer they were waiting for a friend she could only identify as "Chelsea."

Upon running a check for information, no record was found on Ensel. Helmer asked her if she had a driver's license, and she said she did. Helmer confirmed the information as being true and correct, and asked her to write her name and birth date in his notebook.

Both Ensel and Miller appeared very nervous, and Helmer observed Miller to be shaking excessively. Miller continued to place his hands inside the front pocket of his hooded sweat shirt, where Helmer noticed some kind of bulged object inside.

Miller was assisted out of the car, and Helmer asked if he had any weapons on him, or anything that would poke or stick Helmer on a pat-down. Miller said "I don't think I do."

Upon patting Miller down, Helmer detected two syringes in Miller's right rear pants pocket. Miller told the officer he had used the syringes to inject heroin, and said he was addicted to the drug.

Ensel gave verbal consent to search the car. Helmer noticed a purse on the back seat, which Ensel said was hers. Upon removing the bag, Helmer noticed a syringe in plain view under Ensel's purse on the back seat.

Upon checking the bag, Helmer found a prescription pill bottle and a Pennsylvania driver's license issued to a Jessica Ann Rudy. Ensel was then positively identified as Rudy from the photograph on the license.

Upon running a check on Rudy, Helmer discovered her license was suspended and expired, and that she had outstanding warrants from Schuylkill and Lehigh counties.

Rudy and Miler were taken back to the police station, where Miller gave a written statement confirming that Helmer discovered paraphernalia in his possession, in his back pocket.

Rudy was taken to Carbon County Correctional Facility to be held on the active warrants.

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