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Westmoreland County deputies nab 2 women on crystal meth charges

Joe Napsha
| Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Two women were arrested on multiple drug charges last week when Westmoreland County Sheriff's deputies allegedly found six stamp bags of suspected crystal methamphetamine and a variety of prescription pills in the bedroom of a North Huntingdon residence, according to court documents.

Joscelyn K. Elias, 26, of Jeannette, and Alexis M. Ternoway, 19, of North Huntingdon, allegedly had the suspected crystal methamphetamine and 10 pipes with residue commonly used for crystal methamphetamine, 35 unused stamp bags, a small amount of marijuana, two smoked marijuana blunts, several prescription pills and a digital scale when deputies went to serve outstanding warrants on Elias at Ternoway's residence at about 10 a.m. Friday, according to the criminal complaint filed against Elias. Two green propane also were found laying beside the bed, the deputies stated.

Ternoway allegedly tried to hide a stamp bag of crystal methamphetamine under her leg as she was on the bed, deputies stated in court documents.

The women were both charged with 10 counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs; 10 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Elias was arraigned before North Huntingdon District Judge Wayne Gongaware and released on $5,000 unsecured bond, pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 11. Ternoway had not yet been arraigned, according to court documents.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

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