Police: Heroin fell from woman’s pants

FONDA – A Gloversville woman was arrested Dec. 29 after she was found driving with a suspended license and in possession of heroin, state police said.

Stephanie Murtha, 45, was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Police said Murtha was driving a blue Ford Explorer, which matched the description of a vehicle used in a recent gas larceny within the village of Fonda. Troopers initiated the traffic stop on Route 30A when it was discovered she was driving the vehicle with a suspended license and “20 various confirmed suspensions,” police said.

Police said as she exited her vehicle, three bundles of heroin fell from her pants, landing on the ground.

Following her arrest, police said, a search of the vehicle revealed one hypodermic needle.

She was arraigned at town of Johnstown Court and sent to the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear again Jan. 15.