Woman who shoved meth-loaded needles into vehicle headliner gets probation

YORK – A woman who shoved methamphetamine-loaded needles into a vehicle headliner during a traffic stop has been sentenced to probation.

Shawnah Harlin, 35, whose addresses have been listed as both Lincoln and Oregon, was sentenced by Judge James Stecker this past week, in York County District Court.

Earlier, an arrest warrant was issued for her, after she failed to appear for other court proceedings.

This case began when a sergeant with the York County Sheriff’s Department was on regular patrol in the middle of the night on Interstate 80 when he stopped a vehicle for traffic violations.

A records check indicated that the driver, Eric Ramirez, had an extensive criminal history and did not have a valid license. Ramirez joined the deputy in his cruiser, where there were allegedly multiple signs of criminal activity.

Harlin was a passenger in the vehicle.

Loki, a drug dog for the county, alerted to the odor of controlled substances coming from the vehicle.

A search was conducted and inside Harlin’s bag was a kit with multiple hypodermic needles and a bag of methamphetamine. It was also found that Harlin had four active warrants – three out of Lancaster County and one out of Buffalo County.

As the search continued, deputies found the loaded needles in the headliner, with Harlin “ultimately claiming ownership, advising that she put the methamphetamine and needles there.”

She was facing a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison with 12 months of post-release supervision and/or a $10,000 fine. As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced to attempt of a Class 4 felony, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor. She is now facing a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail.

This past week, she was sentenced to two years of traditional probation, as well as three 20-day stints in jail, in the future, which can be waived by the court if she is found to be in compliance with the terms of her probation.


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