Youngstown, Pa., woman admits hiding cocaine for weeks in body cavity
A Youngstown woman who was arrested after a police chase last month waited two weeks before telling a police officer that she was concealing cocaine in a body cavity.
Tonya Lee Piper, 30, was arrested along with Ronald N. Seybold, 44, of Latrobe on Feb. 7, after Trooper John Isoldi saw Piper, who was wanted on an arrest warrant, enter Seybold's truck on Murtha Way in Derry Township.
Police chased Seybold's 1998 Ford Ranger for several miles through Derry and Unity townships before it crashed into a car in Latrobe.
Seybold struggled with police at the scene, Isoldi wrote in an affidavit.
Piper was jailed on an active warrant for drug-related charges and told police that “both she and (Seybold) had thrown out a substantial quantity of narcotics from the vehicle,” Isoldi wrote.
Piper was arraigned and sent to the Westmoreland County Prison. During a preliminary hearing on Feb. 20 before District Judge Mark Bilik, she told Isoldi that she had been concealing cocaine in a body cavity since her arrest, police said.
She asked to be taken to a hospital, where 14 grams of cocaine — about a half-ounce — was removed from her body, police said.
She faces additional charges of possession, contraband and possession with the intent to deliver, police said. Her hearing on the original charges is scheduled to resume on Wednesday before Bilik.
Seybold was charged with aggravated assault, fleeing police, reckless endangering, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, passing a vehicle on the wrong side of the road, reckless driving and multiple traffic violations.
He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and remains jailed on those charges.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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