Drug items seized during domestic

GREEN TOWNSHIP- Goshen officers discovered cocaine and paraphernalia while investigating a domestic dispute Tuesday morning.

Cpl. Craig Crider responded to a home in the 7000 block of Pleasant Valley Court at 9:16 a.m. where Chief Steve McDaniel and the Green Township Fire Department had been dispatched for a domestic fight with a suicide attempt.

An investigation revealed that a 29-year-old woman reportedly suffering from Bipolar disorder had attempted to cut her wrists during an hysterical episode that morning and that her live-in fiance had called a family friend to help calm her down. The friend had allegedly held her to the ground on two occasions to prevent her from further harming herself with a knife. Crider observed red marks on her shoulders and dirt on the back of her shirt, as well as a fresh scratch on her wrist, that appeared to corroborate the story. The woman admitted that she was battling a drug problem, but was trying to quit, and had started to cut her wrists but stopped.

While Crider was speaking with the woman, the two men turned over a drug kit to Lt. Mike Golec, who had arrived to assist. The men claimed she had thrown the kit away in an upstairs bathroom trash can prior to officers’ arrival.

Golec seized a Baby Wipes container holding various utensils used to inhale or assist in inhaling cocaine, as well as an EZ Guard container with pieces of white substance field tested as cocaine.

The woman was transported to the Salem Community Hospital for treatment. Charges of fifth-degree felony possession of drugs (cocaine) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia are pending her arrest upon release from the hospital.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net