A woman accused of being a local drug dealer is facing additional charges after authorities found her carrying 150 bags of heroin when they took her into custody.


A woman accused of being a local drug dealer is facing additional charges after authorities found her carrying 150 bags of heroin when they took her into custody.
Susanne Lipko, 25, of 35 Park St. #1 was arrested on March 2 following a joint investigation by the Lackawanna County Drug Task Force, Mayfield Police Dept. and Carbondale Police Department.
The investigation was initiated when a confidential informant told police about heroin buys that this informant had been making from Lipko.  The informant stated that these purchases were made in “bundles” of 3 bags of heroin for $50 or 10 bags for $140.
Police arranged “controlled buys” in which the informant purchased three bags of heroin each time from Lipko using $50 in pre-recorded currency supplied to the informant by authorities.  These purchases were made at the intersection of Park St. and Salem Ave. near Lipko’s residence on Feb. 25 and then in the parking lot of a store on North Main St. on Feb. 27.
Authorities had Lipko’s residence under surveillance at 7 p.m. on March 2, waiting to serve a felony arrest warrant against her on the drug-dealing charges, when she pulled up in front of the residence in a blue Toyota Highlander with another female in the passenger side.  As Lipko exited the vehicle, she was taken into custody and searched.  Authorities found 150 bags of heroin in her purse, along with three cell phones, $283 in cash and a large knife.
Lipko was already being arrested on charges of unlawful delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia for the felony warrant obtained through the investigation and surveillance of the controlled buys.  Additional charges of unlawful delivery, possession with intent to deliver, and drug paraphernalia were filed due to the seizure of 150 bags of heroin and other items at the time of her arrest.
She was remanded to Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $90,000 bail.