SHAMOKIN - A couple are in custody on drug charges that were filed after police searched their residence and found 34 bags of heroin in a purse.

Police said Zackary Maurer, 23, and Kaitlin Rudy, 22, both of 543 Main St., Coal Township, were taken into custody by Hazleton City Police after they were named wanted persons by Shamokin City Police in the National Crime Information Center database.

Cpl. Bryan Primerano said Shamokin officers picked them up Wednesday and transported them to Northumberland County

Prison for arraignment at a later date.

They were both charged June 7 with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, city police served a search warrant April 25 when the couple were living at a apartment at 615 N. Shamokin St. As Primerano attempted to pick up a purse lying next to Rudy, she reportedly grabbed it and attempted to take it back. After police explained the purse was covered under the search warrant, Rudy let go of it.

Police said inside the purse, they found 34 full bundles and one partially-used bundle of suspected heroin, plastic packets and rubber bands used to package heroin and a plastic straw, used to ingest heroin.

Also found in the purse were Maurer's driver's license, cards belonging to Rudy and $455 in money.

Police said after they advised Maurer that the search of his person was completed, they asked him if the heroin was his and Rudy's or just Rudy's, and Maurer told them it didn't belong to him. Police then told him that he was free to go while police continued to search the apartment, but charges might be filed against him later.

Before leaving, Maurer asked to speak to an officer. According to police, he told them, after he was shown the bundles, that he and Rudy acquired the heroin from a source close to them, and that there should be two grams of the drug in the apartment.

When asked, Rudy concurred with the story her boyfriend gave.

Police filed the charges against them June 7, but they were not arraigned because they had left the area. The date has not been set yet for their arraignment before Gembic.