Former Clinton Resident Charged In Heroin Bust In Pennsylvania

Morgan graduate Keith Eric Kaspern Jr., 32 and a female companion are charged with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop for tinted windows leads to a drug bust.


A former Clinton resident and 1998 graduate of the Morgan School has been charged with heroin possession after a traffic stop in Pennsylvania yielded four packets of the narcotic with the help of a K-9 dog. 

According to a criminal complaint, Keith Eric Kaspern Jr., 32, now of Emmaus, PA, and Ashley Ann Brooks, 25, were driving on Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania when state police pulled their car over for a possible window tinting violation. 

While talking to driver Kaspern, police observed that he "appeared to have bloodshot and glassy eyes" as well as an odor they believed to be marijuana. Police also noticed that the car had several "odor-masking agents," including air fresheners and laundry detergent, and contained several cell phones. 

When asked to stand for a sobriety test, Kaspern, age 32, claimed his arthritis impaired him from standing. Kaspern told police that he was driving Brooks' car and that they were on their way to Connecticut, allegedly to "visit a friend."

The complaint goes on to say that police then brought in K-9 officer "Dano" to search the vehicle. Police wrote that "Dano displayed alert behavior...and searched a purse located on the passenger side of the vehicle."

Inside the purse, police found four "stamped" packets of heroin, amount not notated. When questioned, Brooks waived her Miranda rights and told police that Kaspern stopped at a home in Allentown and retrieved five bags of heroin, asking her to store them in her purse. 

On further investigation, police found a hypodermic needle in Brooks' makeup bag, as well as a burnt spoon on the passenger side floorboard. Police also found a marijuana smoking pipe in a bag allegedly belonging to Kaspern. 

Police alleged that during the interview, "it was apparent that neither [Kaspern or Brooks] had the intention of returning to Pennsylvania."

Kaspern and Brooks are charged with possession of a controlled substance. Kaspern is also charged with driving under the influence. 

Phil Sengle August 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Not sure why this is "news" here or how the Patch finds out about a "bust" in PA, but it does show the value of a K-9 officer. The resulting asset forfeitures can pay for the dog's costs many times over.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Hi Phil - We found out about this through our "Upper Saucon, PA" Patch, part of the large network of Patch sites across the country.
Alicia Marie September 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Not to mention it CLEARLY states hes from Clinton,CT. That might explain why its "news" here


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