Police: Woman planned to sell pills

A local woman has been arrested after officers allegedly discovered more than 80 pills, a large amount of cash and marijuana in her purse during a traffic stop.

Shana Saunders, 32, of 527 Eighth Ave., faces two felony charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and intentional possession of a controlled substance, in addition to three misdemeanor DUI charges and one summary traffic offense.

On March 16, Montoursville police officers noticed a minivan operating without headlights or tail lights. Suspicious, they stopped the vehicle in the 1600 block of East Third Street in the city.

The smell of burnt marijuana allegedly greeted officers as they walked up to the vehicle. Inside, they found the driver, Saunders, and a passenger, who was not named in court records.

As they were interviewing the pair, one eagle-eyed officer noticed a small “dime bag” of marijuana allegedly sticking out of the passenger’s left coat pocket. The passenger was ordered out of the vehicle and taken into custody. However, officers were perplexed to discover that the bag of marijuana had gone missing from the man’s pocket.

Officers noticed that Saunders had a purse sitting on the floor of the vehicle in between her feet. One zipper pocket was open “just enough to get a dime bag into,” police wrote in the affidavit.

Inside the purse, officers allegedly discovered a green open pocket that contained “a pile of cash” and a pill bottle containing 81 alprazolam pills, which is a controlled substance in the benzodiazepine class of drugs. The prescription label had been removed from the bottle, according to court records.

The bag of marijuana later was discovered in the vehicle as well, officers wrote in the affidavit.

Saunders allegedly admitted to police that she and her friends had been smoking marijuana earlier in the day. A blood test later revealed that Saunders had opiates and THC in her body, according to court records.

Saunders was arraigned before District Judge Gary Whiteman on Sept. 1. She is incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail.