On Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 11 AM, The Tredyffrin Twp. Police Department and Chester County Municipal Drug Task Force members descended on a Main Line address to shut down a local heroin dealer. Mrs. Lynne C. Twaddle, 61, of the 800 block of Pugh Rd., was arrested for multiple counts of the Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (Act 64) for the sales of heroin, a Schedule II drug. The arrest tops off a four month long investigation into the activities of Twaddle in the Wayne section of the Twp. Police were tipped off to illegal distribution of drugs and initiated an undercover investigation, leading to securing approximately 250 baggies of the drug. On at least four prior occasions, police had contact with the dealer at her residence, walking away with the deadly powder each time.
At the time of the arrest, a search warrant was served and at least eighty more bags of heroin were recovered along with a pistol.
Twaddle was taken for an arraignment at the Chesterbrook District Court. Magisterial District Judge Analisa Sondergaard presided, setting bail at $ 50,000.00, cash bail. Twaddle was ordered incarcerated at the Chester County Prison in lieu of posting bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday, July 31st, 2014 at 9 AM, at the Chesterbrook District Court, 500 Chesterbrook Blvd., Wayne. Twaddle was charged with violations of Title 35, Health and Safety for Possession with Intent to Deliver heroin, a ungraded Felony (5 counts), Possession of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance, an ungraded Misdemeanor (5 counts), Possession with Intent to Deliver Drug Paraphernalia, an ungraded Misdemeanor (5 counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Misdemeanor of the 3rd degree (5 counts). Twaddle was also charged with violations of Title 18 under Criminal Use of a Communications Facility, a Felony of the 3rd Degree (4 counts) and Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activity, a Felony of the 1st, Degree ( 1 count).
“Concern over the impact of opiate drugs on the Mainline has prompted pro-active police investigations such as this one,” stated Detective Sergeant Todd J. Bereda. “We have gone to great lengths to attempt to identify those engaging in distributing pills and heroin and have a zero tolerance approach in this line of enforcement. The most important thing to do is to de-mystify this drug and those that it has touched. Every family has a friend or loved one struggling with an addiction.”
This shadows the days other activity….the destruction of hundreds of pounds of confiscated and voluntarily turned in prescription drugs. Working with our partners in industry, Tredyffrin Twp. PD eliminated drugs, some of which were opiate based and had until recently been on the shelves of local residents' medicine cabinets. “The public education process has enabled us to hopefully stop the next overdose by taking the drugs out of potential circulation and the hands of addicts,” Bereda commented.
Supt. Giaimo related,” We would like to thank our partners at the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Schuylkill and Phoenixville Police Departments, for their work to help stop Twaddle’s actions. We hope this arrest serves as a wake-up call to the community as to the degree that this addictive substance has begun to permeate our ranks. We hope that this arrest serves as a very strong indicator to all that we are not immune to this national drug problem. One life lost is far too many. “