Couple arrested for heroin trafficking following domestic disturbance

Couple arrested for heroin trafficking following domestic disturbance
Montgomery County District Attorney

A frightening domestic dispute got the attention of law enforcement, and now two Montgomery County residents are in jail.

On Nov. 28, cops were called to a residence in Stowe, 42 miles northwest ofPhiladelphia near Pottstown. There, authorities said, Dashawn Smith burglarized the house and allegedly put a gun to the head of his then ex-girlfriend, MelissaGriffin. An arrest warrant was issued for Smith’s arrest in connection with that disturbance.

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After that investigation, authorities realized they were already looking into Smith for allegedly trafficking heroin. So, multiple jurisdictions came together across Montgomery County – and they launched a jointinvestigation using the Nov. 28 incident as a springboard into a wider probe.

On Dec. 17, cops startedsurveillance of another residence, and they reportedly saw Smith and Griffin there –together again.

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Using the Nov. 28 incident, cops arrested Smith that day. Authorities alleged that Smith attempted to discard heroin during the arrest – a fracas they saidinjured two officers.

Following Smith’s arrest on Dec. 17, cops obtained a search warrant for both residences where they said they found nearly 1,300 bags of heroin, five cell phones, nearly $6,000 in cash and a taser.When they came upon Griffin while executingthe search warrant, cops said they found her in a room with a “substantial amount” of heroin.

Both Griffin and Smith stand accused of heroin trafficking and related offenses with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 12.