Two women were charged with heroin possession in Burr Ridge after police found them with the drug during a Jan. 22 traffic stop near the intersection of Madison and 87th Street, according to a Burr Ridge Police Department release sent out Wednesday afternoon.
Marie F. Kucera, 22, of the 0-10 block of Bay Rum Court, Burr Ridge, and Ashley M. Barta, 23, of the 600 block of Sheffield Lane, Bolingbrook, were each charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Officers found small packages containing heroin and needles used to inject the drug on them during a traffic stop at 5:19 p.m.
The two were passengers in a vehicle police stopped for failure to signal. Police said the male driver was charged only with the traffic violation.
Kucera and Barta were both transported to DuPage County Jail. Burr Ridge Police Sgt. Marc Loftus said the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office has approved the charges, though a test to confirm that the substance found is heroin is pending.
Possession of a controlled substance is a Class 4 felony. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor.
Loftus said Barta has two prior convictions from 2011 for possession of a controlled substance, and Kucera has one prior conviction for attempted possession of a controlled substance from 2009.
The police department release says that heroin is a growing problem in DuPage County.
“We have responded to at least four heroin overdoses since 2010,” Burr Ridge Police Chief John Madden said. “One resulted in the death of a 27-year-old man.”
In November 2012, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said during a seminar at Hinsdale South High School that 30 heroin-overdose deaths had been reported in DuPage County during the past 12 months.
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