Heroin has become the surge of the country and one area woman is accused of contributing to the legacy of death from this menacing drug. On Saturday, Upper Darby Police announced that a pregnant resident, Patience R. Gonzalez, 22, from the first block of New Street, Upper Darby, which is located across the street from the police station in the 7200 block of West Chester Pike, was arrested after the police witnessed a hand to hand drug sale between the accused and her customer. Superintendent Michael Chitwood described Gonzalez as “a purveyor of death” and that “We believe she provided heroin to an individual who died from a heroin overdose Thursday night on the first block of Leighton Terrace, right around the corner from her house. We set up surveillance after receiving information during a hit at an apartment at Merion Terrace for drug dealing. Our undercover guys saw her involved in a hand-to-hand buy and took her into custody. She’s renting a room on New Street, and we searched her room.”
In the arrest of Gonzalez police found confiscated a total of 234 bags of heroin, stamped with the words “Speed” and “For You,” a loaded .38 caliber handgun with the serial number obliterated, three cellphones and $241. Chitwood also stated that there were two heroin overdose fatalities last Thursday, including a 34-year-old woman in the 5100 block of Gramercy Drive, in the Westbrook Park section of the township, but also a 37-year-old man in the unit block of Leighton Terrace, who lived two blocks away from New Street. The man who passed who lived near Gonzalez had on him heroin bags that included the name For You just like those recovered from Gonzalez’s room. Chitwood stated, “We’re investigating her for possibly selling the heroin that was fatal to the Leighton Terrace man. She’s a bad lady, a true drug dealer. She truly is a purveyor of death.”
According to Chitwood, the police are awaiting toxicology reports for the two overdose deaths. Chitwood said that they do not know if the substance that was fatal to the victims was due to the strength of it or if it was mixed with another substance, possibly fentanyl, an anesthetic. The accused, Gonzalez was arraigned on charges of drug possession, drug dealing, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm with altered numbers. She was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Ann Berardocco set bail at 10 percent of $40,000 pending a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Nicholas Lippincott.