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Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Greensburg woman concealed drug paraphernalia inside a secret compartment in her leather purse and tried to carry it into the Westmoreland County Courthouse complex earlier this month, county park police said.

Rebecca Louise Everett, 26, faces a preliminary hearing on Thursday on charges of possessing a crime instrument, simple assault and prohibited acts before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.

An officer who searched the bag may have been pricked by a hypodermic needle and has undergone medical treatment, police said.

Chief Nick Caesar couldn't be reached for comment, and Capt. Aaron Goughnour didn't return calls.

The secret compartment was stitched inside the inner lining of Everett's purse, according to a complaint. Police found a hypodermic needle with a brown fluid and a silver spoon suspected of being used to heat heroin in the compartment, according to court papers.

Everett walked into the courthouse extension area about 11:10 a.m. on July 10. Police became suspicious after they scanned her purse with X-rays and saw a bent metal spoon and other items they couldn't identify.

The officer then opened the purse and discovered he could not see the bottom of the bag.

Everett was taken to an office, where the spoon and needle were discovered in the compartment, according to court papers. The officer may have been stuck by the needle while removing items.

Before the search, police said they asked Everett if needles or anything else that might harm someone was inside the bag. She replied “no” several times, authorities said.

The purse contained five glassine heroin packets stamped “OMG,” police said.

Everett was on parole, and two county probation officers watched the search in the office, authorities said.

She pleaded guilty in May 2012 to a retail theft charge and was sentenced to serve 30 days to one year in prison, according to county court records.

Everett is jailed on $10,000 bond in connection with the latest case.

On July 7, a judge ordered Everett to serve the balance of her 2012 sentence after she was found to have violated her parole, according to court records.

She has been ordered to be detained until her latest case is resolved.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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