Police: Drug addict collapses

A woman who collapsed on the floor near the dairy aisle inside the Weis Market at 620 W. Third St. last month was found to have four bags of heroin in her purse, city police said.

Police and paramedics responded to the supermarket about 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 13 to investigate a report of “a woman on the floor, moaning and suspected of having ‘shot up’ with heroin in the bathroom,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.

The woman, Mary A. Ambrose, 41, of 616 Sixth Ave., “seemed disorderly. She had slurred speech and had pin-pointed pupils,” the officer said.

When Ambrose attempted to find her state identification card in her purse, the officer “saw in plain view a single bag of suspected heroin in the purse,” according to the affidavit. Three additional bags were found after she was taken into custody. She apparently did not require any medical treatment.

She later was released and sent a summons to appear for a preliminary hearing to face charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. A bench warrant was expected to be filed for her arrest after she failed to appear for the hearing which was Tuesday before District Judge James Carn.

Another drug arrest involved 22-year-old Mercedes Lee Kiger, a homeless woman from New Columbia who was found with 21 bags of heroin and numerous syringes as she was sitting inside a pickup truck in the 1000 block of Isabella Street about 3 p.m. Monday, city police said.

Following her arraignment two hours later before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, Kiger was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.