State drug agents arrested a woman for selling heroin while repeatedly having children in her car during drug deals around a Pennsylvania community.
Authorities in West Pittston working with the Office of the Attorney General in Pennsylvania made the arrest Tuesday after observing 31-year-old Ana Viccica making several heroin sales. Narcotics agents seized 17 bundles of heroin containing 170 packets of the deadly opioid during the arrest, the Wilkes Barre Times-Leader reported.
Police previously bought heroin from Viccica March 22 and noticed she had two children in her car when she arrived for the sale. During undercover agents’ subsequent heroin purchase March 26, Viccica also had two kids in the backseat of her car.
Viccica is facing multiple charges including two counts of endangering the welfare of children and three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. She is being held on $100,000 bail.
Pennsylvania is being battered by drug overdoses, which claimed 4,884 lives in 2016. The increase was primarily driven by opioids, which were implicated in more than 3,900 overdose deaths across the state in 2016. Officials in Pennsylvania predict drug overdose deaths will top 5,000 when final figures for 2017 are released.
Children are increasingly the victims of the opioid crisis, often getting caught in the middle of drug deals and overdoses. A mother in Indiana faces charges of child neglect after shooting up and overdosing on heroin while inside her truck with her five-year-old daughter April 9.
Police arrested a mother and father in Indiana on March 9 after the parents suffered heroin overdoses in their SUV with their three children inside.
An unidentified driver, who told police the SUV was sitting in the middle of the roadway, discovered the family. First responders administered overdose reversal drug Narcan to the couple before taking them to a local hospital for treatment.
“They will do almost anything to get that fix whether or not they place another person or a child in danger,” Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said, according to WGN 9.
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, killing more than 64,000 people in 2016.
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