Authorities in Pennsylvania have arrested a woman they say dropped a bag containing $100,000 worth of heroin in the parking lot of a middle school days before Christmas.
According to the Trentonian, 26-year-old Natasha Willis allegedly left the backpack behind Cecelia Snyder Middle School in Bensalem on the morning of December 20.
School district staff reportedly found the stash, packaged for street distribution, at around 9:30 a.m. and contacted local police.
BENSALEM, PA. >> The owner of a backpack containing $100,000 worth of heroin allegedly admitted to leaving the bag outside of her vehicle behind a township school last month.
Authorities were then able to identify a suspect after reviewing surveillance footage and determining the owner of a vehicle spotted near the scene shortly before the bag was found.
Bensalem Police Deputy Public Safety Director William McVey expressed the importance of discovering the haul of narcotics in a timely manner.
“This was a fortunate find for police and school district officials as it prevented this heroin from being available on the streets,” he said.
Officers were able to locate the suspect’s Toyota Corolla Wednesday evening and initiated a traffic stop that led to Willis’ arrest.
“This traffic stop, combined with previous investigative efforts, directly led to the identity and arrest of Willis,” a police statement read.
Authorities reported that Willis admitted to drug possession and indicated she accidentally left the bag outside of her car at the middle school, according to WPVI.
Police do not believe the drugs were intended for distribution at the school. The quick recovery of the backpack, officials say, meant no children were in danger of encountering the heroin inside.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of several criminal counts related to drug possession and distribution. She was jailed with bail set at $750,000.
[Featured image: Natasha Willis/Bensalem Police Department]