2011-01-27 / Front Page

Area Woman Charged In Franklin Co. Drug Bust

STAFF REPORT


Ashley Fix Ashley Fix A McConnellsburg area woman was among 16 individuals arrested last Thursday following a yearlong investigation by the Franklin County Drug Task force and various law enforcement agencies.

Ashley Rae Fix, 24, is accused of trying to provide an inmate lodged at the Franklin County Prison with heroin to sell inside the prison.

Felony charges against Fix currently include manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance; criminal attempt to deliver a controlled substance; and contraband /controlled substance. Charges against Fix were filed through Magisterial District Judge Todd Williams, who remanded her to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $50,000.

According to charging documents filed in connection with the case, Fix allegedly took $260 from a confidential informant during October 2010. The money was to be used to purchase heroin in Frederick, Md.

The following day, charging documents allege, Fix again met the informant and was given a bag of clothes with instructions to deliver them to a specific inmate at the jail. Two packets containing suspected heroin were sewn inside the clothing.

Police further maintain Fix intended to have the inmate sell the heroin to other inmates.

In a press release issued in conjunction with the drug bust, Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal noted 35 arrest warrants were issued for individuals located in Franklin, Fulton, Cumberland, Dauphin and Adams counties as well as Hagerstown, Md. At least 16 individuals were picked up by various law enforcement agencies by last Thursday afternoon. Cases primarily involved the sale of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and different prescription pills.

“This investigation targeted street-level dealers that affected the quality of life for the citizens throughout Franklin County,” said Fogal. “It also revealed that like all areas of the state, controlled substance still looms large and impacts all walks of life. All agencies involved in this investigation would like to thank the many citizens who provided tips and information that assisted in this investigation.”

A preliminary hearing for Fix was tentatively set for Tuesday, January 25, at 1 p.m.

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