California police looking for New Eagle woman
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 1:26 a.m.
Police are searching for a woman who was purportedly released from a Washington, Pa., hospital without notification last month after she swallowed several Suboxin strips and foil packaging.
California Borough police said they were taking Patti Bahl, 38, of New Eagle, to the Washington County Correctional Facility on Nov. 23 on an outstanding warrant when Bahl allegedly told officers she swallowed the strips, along with the foil and plastic that contained the medication.
Suboxone is a prescription drug used for treating opioid dependence and comes in individual foil packages.
Officer Alyssa Haines said police received a tip just before midnight that Bahl was staying in a California Terrace Apartment on Second Street. When officers knocked on the door, Bahl allegedly swallowed six to eight of the strips, along with the foil.
When officers were conducting a protective sweep of the apartment at the owner's consent, they found a used needle in a garbage can and various other paraphernalia associated with heroin sales, including scales, papers and ink stamps, Haines said.
Haines said Bahl began bringing items to police, which included more than half a bundle of stamp bags and a full brick of suspected heroin, new and used syringes, a small bag of suspected marijuana and an unlabeled bottle containing various pills.
Haines said Bahl was released from the hospital on the morning of Nov. 23, but the hospital did not notify police despite a prior agreement.
Bahl, whose last known residence is New Eagle, is known to frequent Charleroi and other areas in the Mid-Mon Valley, according to California police Chief Rick Encapera.
She had been wanted on a bench warrant out of the office of Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela for drug and other charges.
Anyone with information of Bahl's whereabouts is asked to call California police at 724-938-3233.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2635.
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