A frightening domestic dispute got the attention of law enforcement, and now two Montgomery County residents are in jail.
On Nov. 28, cops were called to a residence in Stowe, 42 miles northwest of Philadelphia near Pottstown. There, authorities said, Dashawn Smith burglarized the house and allegedly put a gun to the head of his then ex-girlfriend, Melissa Griffin. An arrest warrant was issued for Smith's arrest in connection with that disturbance.
After that investigation, authorities realized they were already looking into Smith for allegedly trafficking heroin. So, multiple jurisdictions came together across Montgomery County – and they launched a joint investigation using the Nov. 28 incident as a springboard into a wider probe.
On Dec. 17, cops started surveillance of another residence, and they reportedly saw Smith and Griffin there – together again.
Using the Nov. 28 incident, cops arrested Smith that day. Authorities alleged that Smith attempted to discard heroin during the arrest – a fracas they said injured two officers.
Following Smith's arrest on Dec. 17, cops obtained a search warrant for both residences where they said they found nearly 1,300 bags of heroin, five cell phones, nearly $6,000 in cash and a taser. When they came upon Griffin while executing the search warrant, cops said they found her in a room with a "substantial amount" of heroin.
Both Griffin and Smith stand accused of heroin trafficking and related offenses with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 12.