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Deputies arrest two women preparing to inject heroin on Squaw Island

Two young women from Evans were taken into custody along Buffalo’s waterfront Tuesday afternoon as they prepared to inject themselves with heroin, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.

Deputies on marine patrol were in the area of Squaw Island at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when they saw the two mixing a preparation of heroin to be injected with a hypodermic needle, the sheriff’s department reported. The women were taken into custody without incident before injecting the drug, deputies said.

Amanda C. Thiel, 22, and Brittney M. Hammond, 21, were charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and of a hypodermic instrument, as well as loitering. Deputies said Hammond also was charged with a violation count of unlawful possession of marijuana.

Hammond was taken to the county holding center in lieu of $250 bail; Thiel was issued tickets to appear July 9 in Buffalo City Court.