NORRISTOWN — An Upper Dublin woman was sent to jail after she admitted to illegal drug activity in the township.
Dushawn Simmons, 42, of the 300 block of Girard Avenue, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 3 to 23 months in the county jail after she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine in connection with incidents that occurred between 2018 and 2019.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill also ordered Simmons to complete one year of probation following parole, meaning Simmons will be under court supervision for about three years.
Simmons is eligible for the jail’s work release program while serving the period of incarceration, the judge said. The judge also ordered that Simmons be placed under substance use disorder supervision and said Simmons must comply with all recommendations for intensive treatment.
An investigation of Simmons began in August 2018 when detectives working with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force received information from confidential sources that Simmons sold cocaine from her Girard Avenue residence, according to the criminal complaint. Detectives alleged Simmons sold cocaine on more than ten occasions to one confidential informant.
Undercover detectives then proceeded to arrange several controlled purchases of cocaine during which informants purchased various amounts of cocaine from Simmons at various meeting places in Upper Dublin. The drug transactions occurred between August 2018 and March 2019, according to the criminal complaint.
Detectives established visual surveillance and observed the drug transactions, court documents indicate.
Detectives subsequently obtained a warrant to search Simmons’ residence on March 21, 2019. During that search, investigators seized a plastic bag with white powdery residue inside a shed in the back yard, according to court documents.
Simmons, during an interview by detectives, allegedly stated she had been selling crack cocaine for about one year to five or six people in $20 bags, according to the arrest affidavit.
“She denied selling crack cocaine from her house, but said that she would deliver the crack to people at different locations,” detectives wrote in court papers.
Simmons allegedly told detectives she would drive to Philadelphia to purchase crack cocaine, return to Upper Dublin and repackage the drugs in her vehicle. Simmons maintained she only obtained crack cocaine to sell for the day and didn’t keep it in her residence because a child also lived in the residence, detectives alleged.
Other charges of possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed against Simmons.