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Woman faces drug charges after squatting in home

A Lansford woman faces drug charges after she was found squatting in a home in Nesquehoning.

According to an affidavit filed by Nesquehoning police officer Timothy Wuttke, on Oct. 27, he spoke with an inmate in the Carbon County Correctional Facility, who was the victim of a theft.

The woman told him that she had spoken to her mother and learned that a woman, later identified as Sara Hargreaves, 32, of the 200 block of West Bertsch Street, was inside the home the victim leases on East Railroad Street.

The woman then asked that the person be removed from the property, and advised police that her mother was going to the residence to retrieve some of her belongings.

Police went to the residence and spoke with the inmate’s mother, who said there was a squatter inside.

Police found Hargreaves in the home and asked her to leave. The mother then asked police to do a sweep of the home.

Officers found a handgun next to a folded blanket with a hypodermic needle sticking out of it, as well as a small crossbow and plastic baggies that are typically used for drugs.

Police spoke with Hargreaves, who admitted that there was also drug paraphernalia in her bags on the sidewalk and that there was meth in a bag in the living room.

Found inside were additional drugs and paraphernalia, naloxone, two scales, and 458 empty plastic baggies.

She met officers at the police station and admitted the items were hers.

A sweep of her phone also revealed drug sale activity.

She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.