Jefferson County Woman Jailed on $5 Million Bail for Allegedly Trafficking Drugs, Laundering Money

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – Punxsutawney-based State Police, Troop C, say a drug arrest – which includes charges for money laundering and corrupt organizations – was made this morning around 7:55 a.m. on Wayne Avenue, in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County.

According to police, 52-year-old M. Lisa Saldana, of Punxsutawney, was arrested on Wayne Avenue in Punxsutawney for crimes that occurred between July 26, 2012, and May 7, 2014.

Saldana was charged with the following offenses:

– 50 counts Deal In Procuring Unlawful Act/Intent To Promote, Felony 1
– 1 count Corrupt Organizations, Felony 1
– 1 count Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– 1 count Knowing/Intentional Manufacture/Distribution Of Design Drug, Felony
– 1 count Make Sell Etc W/Intent To Defraud, Misdemeanor
– 1 count Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– 1 count Purchase/Rec Of Controlled Substance by Unauthorized Person, Misdemeanor
– 1 count Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– 1 count Deliver/Intent To Deliver Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

According to police, these charges stemmed from an investigation into Saldana allegedly possessing with intent to distribute and distributing synthetic marijuana and bath salts, as well as distribution of packaging material, cutting agents, and other assorted drug paraphernalia related to heroin trafficking.

Saldana was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers.

Bail was set at $5,000,000.00 straight cash bond.

Unable to post bail, she was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 20.

This investigation is ongoing.

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