Methadone patient had illegal drugs and carried weapon without license: cops

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LOWER MORELAND, PA – A Bucks County woman who seeks treatment at a local methadone clinic in this eastern Montgomery County community is facing various criminal charges after local police say she possessed illegal drugs and that she was found carrying an unlicensed firearm.

Jacquelyn Richards, 38, of Levittown, Bucks County, was recently arrested by Lower Moreland Township police and charged with one count of firearms not to be carried without a license as well as five counts separate offenses in connection with an incident that occurred at the end of June.

According to a police account, officers were patrolling the area of ​​the 2800 block of Philmont Avenue when they observed what they described as a ‘suspicious’ vehicle and a ‘suspicious’ couple who appeared to be cleaning their vehicle at a local Sunoco.

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Officers said they quickly learned Richards had just arrived from a nearby methadone clinic and had a warrant attached to her name from a district court in nearby Bucks County.

Police say they approached Richards and confronted her about the active warrant, and at that time noticed she appeared to be showing signs that she was under the influence of some kind of substance. .

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Officers said they saw a three to four inch cylindrical object protruding from his chest, which was ultimately determined to be a plastic straw containing a white powdery residue.

Richards told the offices she used the straw to “snort Vicodin,” and she was later placed under arrest, according to police.

Officers then discovered that Richards was carrying a semi-automatic handgun in her purse, but she did not have a valid license to carry the concealed weapon.

Officers conducted a search and found Richards was also in possession of a small key fob containing various prescription pills, police said.

The misdemeanor counts against Richards include various drug-related charges and a public drunkenness charge, according to the court’s docket in the case.

Court records show a preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for July 11, but proceedings have since been pushed back to August 15 before Judicial District Court Judge Jay S. Friedenberg.

Records further show that Richards is currently confined to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to post an unsecured $5,000 bond.


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