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Friday, June 21, 2013, 4:48 p.m.

A New Alexandria woman was jailed on $25,000 bond after she was searched at a convenience store and state troopers discovered 96 bags of heroin in her pants.

Lashonda Dollison, 21, of Route 981, New Alexandria, was charged by state police in Greensburg with five counts of possession of a controlled substance after she consented to a search at the Sheetz convenience store at Routes 981 and 22 late on June 13.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper Christopher Leon, police received a tip from a confidential informant that Dollison would be traveling in a van with two males that evening and she likely would have drugs.

About 11:42 p.m, June 13, Leon reported a van entered the parking lot and Dollison consented to a search. Troopers discovered 96 stamp bags of heroin and between 3 and 5 grams of crack cocaine. According to the affidavit, Dollison admitted the drugs were hers when questioned by police. The driver of the van, Eric J. Murphy, 32, who has lived in the Blairsville area, was turned over to Indiana County authorities for an undisclosed warrant violation. Murphy does not face charges in connection with the June 13 traffic stop.

A second passenger in the van was not charged.

A preliminary hearing for Dollison will be scheduled before Derry District Judge Mark Bilik.

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