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2 Women Charged With Heroin Possession in Burr Ridge

The women were charged with the Class 4 felony on Jan. 22 after police stopped a car they were passengers in.

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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Karen Strumillo February 01, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Heroin has out of controll in Dupage since 2009 . My heart goes out to these young ladies and their families and prayers. I have informed District 86 of heroin abuse since 2009. Along with Hinsdale police Burr Ridge Police Clarendon Hills police. Along with Dupage County sheriff department and the under cover narcotics squad in Cook County. They saved my daughters life. I even had death threats from a dealer in Clarendon Hills , Dupage thought the threats out of court today that young man is dead heroin over dose. Both families are in my prayers.
James Dean February 16, 2013 at 11:17 AM
God Ashley, what the fuck are you doing with yourself?! Get it together. For christs sake.There were people out there who loved you once, who wanted you.. Now we just google you every couple of months to make sure you aren't dead or in prison, which apparently you are. I dreamt about you the other night, every time I almost found you you were gone. You make me sad, shooting star. <3
Sarah Clanton June 06, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Maire I am so sorry you are still down this path I wish I could help you now as you always helped me... You were my best friend at one time... I have 1 year and 6 months clean and you could do it to... Maire everyone we knew is in jail or going to prison and if not they are dead... The games is over... Please get help... I miss you and I am sure you family does as well...

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