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Zelie woman charged with selling heroin

January 29, 2014 News Extra

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A Zelienople mother of four is jailed following her arrest Tuesday for allegedly suppling heroin to a girl and a man who both later overdosed on the drug that may be part of bad batch of dope sweeping through Western Pennsylvania.

Authorities believe the victims, who have not been identified, nearly died last week after taking the heroin in stamp bags marked “Theraflu.”

State and county narcotics officers and Zelienople police on Tuesday arrested alleged supplier 41-year-old April L. Opperman at her home on West Beaver Street.

A warrant search of the house turned up 18 bags of heroin stamped with the name “Theraflu” inside a brown vitamin bottle, according to court documents.

The bottle, labeled “dandelion root,” was found in Opperman’s bedroom.

The defendant was home along with her boyfriend and her children, ages 9 to 20, when officers served the warrant about 5 p.m.

She was arraigned on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony, and misdemeanor possession.

Opperman remains in the Butler County Prison on $100,000 bail.

Her arrest followed a pair of heroin overdoses that happened on consecutive days last weekend in Zelienople.

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