Hellertown Woman Concocted Pill Theft Story, Police Say

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A Hellertown woman is facing a charge of false reports to law enforcement and other charges after police say she allegedly manufactured a story about the theft of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax (Alprazolam) from her apartment, and implicated two teenage boys who police say she was actually planning to sell the pills with in Quakertown.

According to an Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by HPD Inv. Michael Dattilio in District Court 03-2-04 in Lower Saucon Township, Krystl Nichole Slifer, 32, of the 300 block of Main Street, reported a burglary to Hellertown police May 14, claiming that a 16 year-old boy identified as “TW” and his 17 year-old friend, identified as “BM,” forced entry into her apartment and stole a bottle containing 90 one milligram Xanax pills while she was in the hospital following a car crash.

Police said Slifer told them she’d confronted TW about the theft, and that he denied it, but that she claimed “his younger brother had allegedly verified her accusation.”

When police interviewed TW and BM, police say they told them they were in the car with Slifer when the accident occurred.

“The purpose of their accompanying travel with Slifer to the Quakertown area was for TW to act as proxy for Slifer’s sale of a portion of her prescribed Alprazolam,” the affidavit states.

The accident occurred because “while the vehicle was in transit, Slifer had attempted to grab both genitals of TW and BM multiple times, contributing to the loss of control of the vehicle she was operating,” it further states.

Following the crash police say the pills and two marijuana smoking pipes were discarded along the roadside by TW, who fled the collision scene with BM.

As a result of the circumstances of the accident, Pennsylvania State Police are currently investigating it as a possible DUI, with Slifer as a suspect, Hellertown police said.

The affidavit states that “tangible proof” of Slifer’s alleged behavior was obtained from TW in the form of “several screen shots of a Facebook Messenger conversation with Slifer documenting the intended sale of the Aprazolam 1 mg tablets for $2/pill. Also documented were activities corrupting the morals of the minor, specifically the provision of alcohol and usage of marijuana.”

Police say that “proof” was used to obtain a search warrant for the contents of Slifer’s cell phone, which was seized and processed at the Lehigh County Digital Forensics Laboratory.

As a result of that analysis, police said “the mirroring conversation was identified and recorded from Slifer’s phone, verifying the authenticity of the conversation provided by TW.”

Slifer is charged with Solicitation of Minors to Traffic Drugs (Felony 2), Unlawful Contact with Minors-Sexual Offenses (Felony 3), felony Conspiracy to Manufacture, Deliver or Possess With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Conspiracy-Corruption of Minors (Misdemeanor 1), Indecent Assault-Without Consent of Other (Misdemeanor 2), Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (Misdemeanor 2) and False Report-Falsely Incriminating Another (Misdemeanor 2).

She appeared at a preliminary arraignment before District Judge Anthony G. Rapp Jr. Thursday morning at which she was represented by attorney Mark Minotti of Easton and released after 10 percent of $7,500 bail was posted on her behalf.

A preliminary hearing before Rapp is scheduled for July 11 at 10:30 a.m.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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