While two women sold heroin to an undercover police officer Friday in East Liberty, a 2-year old was in the backseat of their car, Pittsburgh police said.
Ashley M. Wilson, 25, from Verona and Dashaei Byars, 20, of the Hill District met the officer to exchange a bundle of heroin for $80 at 2:40 p.m. at the Target garage, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. When the women left, the undercover officer noticed Ms. Wilson's unrestrained baby in the backseat of the car, Ms. Richard said.
Police followed the women to a nearby Walgreens parking lot, in Penn Circle South, and while officers approached the car, one of the women attempted to destroy the heroin by submerging it in a cup of water, Ms. Richard said.
Police arrested the women, who are lodged in the Allegheny County Jail. The child was taken into protective custody, Ms. Richard said.
Ms. Wilson will be charged with possession of heroin, intent to deliver heroin, criminal conspiracy, tampering with evidence, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal use of a communication deevice, driving without a license, and failure to restrain child in car seat.
Ms. Byars will be charged with possession of heroin, intent to deliver heroin, criminal conspiracy, tampering with evidence, and false ID to law enforcement.
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