Lehighton woman waives hearing on drug charges
A Lehighton woman found to be in possession of heroin in front of her son has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
Shannon Ahner, 29, of 418 Fritz Drive, was scheduled to go before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday.
Instead, Ahner waived her right to the hearing, and will seek admission into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program.
Ahner has been charged with one count each of possession of controlled substance, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of children.
She remains free in lieu of $2,500 unsecured bail.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations Agent Charles Horvath:
On Oct. 26, 2012, Horvath executed a search warrant at 378 W Lizard Creek Road in East Penn Township to further a heroin and meth investigation, according to the affidavit.
Inside the residence at the time of the search were Jennifer Steigerwalt, Jeffrey Steigerwalt, Ahner, Ryan Howard, and a child, Ahner and Jeffrey Steigerwalt's four-year-old son, the affidavit says.
On the coffee table in the room where everyone was located and within access of the child were 40 red and white checkered bags of suspected heroin.
All four adults were detained without incident by Carbon County Drug Task Force officers.
Horvath obtained a consent search from Ahner for her purse, which was found on the coffee table. Inside Ahner's purse was a red plastic pill grinder, with two white bags of suspected heroin contained inside.
A presumptive field test using NIK Test Kit L was conducted on a sample of the suspected heroin, and a positive reaction for the presence of heroin was obtained.
The heroin was entered into evidence and packaged for submission to the PSP Wyoming Regional Laboratory for further analysis.