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Woman Faces Charges After Drug Bust

WARREN, Pa. — A Cattaraugus County woman wanted by authorities in New York state was busted with a myriad of drugs and paraphernalia on Christmas at a Warren County nursing home.

Andrea Nicole Cusimano, 40, 11753 Eldredge Road, Conewango Valley, was arrested by Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police. Police alleged in the affidavit of probable cause that troopers were dispatched to 682 Pleasant Drive “for a report of a wanted person out of New York state inside the building.”

The address is for Warren Manor.

“Prior to our arrival, New York did verify Cusimano was wanted and would extradite. troopers stated. Upon arrival, staff notified (troopers) that Cusimano was located in the restroom,” troopers stated. “Upon Cusimano exiting the restroom, her identity was verified by asking her name and (she was) placed in custody,” troopers explained.

Troopers stated in an affiavit that a search “revealed two plastic containers, one red and one green, which contained suspected methamphetamine. A small bag containing suspected methamphetamine was located in her waist band. A search of her purse resulted in (a) glass pipe containing suspected methamphetamine residue, a butane torch, a scale, multiple pills, a suspected ecstasy pill, a white/black container of ‘pipe scrapings,’ multiple suboxone strips and a large sum of money.”

Police placed Cusimano in the Warren County Jail on an emergency commitment and online court records show Cusimano was arraigned by District Judge Raymond Zydonik on Thursday morning and held in the jail on $50,000 bail.

Cusimano faces charges of knowing/intentional manufacture/distribution of designer drug, possession with intent to deliver — both felonies — as well as possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in the case for 11 a.m., Jan. 8.

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