Birdsboro woman charged in connection with fatal drug overdose

The Berks County District Attorney’s office has filed charges against a Birdsboro woman in connection with a fatal drug overdose.

On November 4, 2022, at 2:29am, Amity Township Police were detailed to the Amity Garden Apartments in Amity Township relative to a suspected drug overdose of a male victim. The victim was declared deceased at 3:31am, by the Berks County Coroner’s Office. A search of the descendant’s belongings and residence revealed evidence of illegal drug use, and related paraphernalia was present at the scene.

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The next day, Amity Township Police teamed up with Berks County District Attorney Detectives and initiated a death investigation. Detectives say the investigation lead them to identified 34-year-old Ashley Ann Pupek of Birdsboro as the supplier of the illegal narcotics, which led to the descendant’s tragic death.

On November 7, at 12:30pm, an autopsy was performed by Forensic Pathologist Doctor Neil Hoffman at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

On March 20, 2023, the Berks County Coroner’s Office generated the final report relative to the death of the victim. The report indicated that toxicology results from the blood drawn from the body revealed the decedent’s cause of death as Acute Toxicity by Fentanyl.  

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On June 6, 2023, detectives obtained a warrant of arrest for Ashely Ann Pupek. Pupek was taken into custody at her residence and transported to the Berks County Sheriff’s Department Central Processing Center.

Pupek has been charged with Drug Delivery Resulting in Death, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession with the intent to deliver and Possession of a controlled substance.

As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant, Ashley Ann Pupek, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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