ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Four people from the Lehigh Valley face drug-related charges as a result of an ongoing investigation into a woman’s suspected fatal overdose in Upper Bucks County.
Michael James Breeland, 52, of Allentown; William G. White Jr., 46, also of Allentown; Paul P. Barr II, 34, of Bethlehem; and Cassandra Hope Mendelsohn, 30, of Bangor, face several charges, including delivery of a controlled substance.
The investigation into the four began May 2 with the death of Barr’s sister, Heather Barr, 37, at her home in the 200 block of East Broad Street, Quakertown, according to the county district attorney's office.
Both Paul Barr and Mendelsohn were at the home when the death was discovered, the DA's office said.
Police found eight waxy plastic baggies stamped “Pink Panther” containing a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl in the room where the woman's body was found, the DA's office said.
A determination as to the cause of death is pending the full results of an autopsy. Preliminary results indicate the presence of fentanyl, amphetamine, methamphetamine and benzodiazepine in the woman’s body at the time of her death, according to a criminal complaint.
Through investigation, detectives learned Paul Barr provided the drugs labeled “Pink Panther” to his sister in the hours just prior to her death, the DA's office said.
Barr and Mendelsohn drove to Allentown and bought the drugs from Breeland, the DA's office said.
The day after his sister’s death, Barr again purchased drugs from Breeland, the DA's office said. A woman with whom he shared the drugs overdosed but survived. While investigating Breeland, detectives conducted three controlled purchases of suspected heroin. In each instance, the purchase was arranged with Breeland by phone, the DA's office said.
White then acted as a “runner” for the transactions, physically delivering the drugs in exchange for cash, the DA's office said.
All four people are currently in prison.