Southington woman found with more than 500 baggies of heroin, nearly 50 grams of crack could avoid prison time

Published on Thursday, 5 December 2019 17:22


SOUTHINGTON - A local woman has pleaded guilty after being found in a vehicle with more than 500 baggies of heroin and nearly 50 grams of crack cocaine.

Shawnya Watson, 34, took a plea deal that could send her to prison for up to two years. During a hearing in New Britain Superior Court on Thursday, she pleaded guilty to one count of possession of narcotics with intent to sell.

Prosecutors agreed to drop two counts each of possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school.

According to police, Watson was found Jan. 6 after officers responded to the report of a driver slumped over the wheel inside a vehicle, in the area of Darling and Flanders streets. She was the only one found in the vehicle.

While helping Watson, police said, officers saw marijuana on the floor of the vehicle. They then saw baggies consistent with heroin packaging.

In total, police said they found 504 baggies of heroin and 48.7 grams of crack cocaine.

While being questioned by police, prosecutors said Thursday, Watson tried to drive away and nearly struck an officer.

The deal Watson accepted will include a sentence of seven years in prison, suspended after service of up to two years, and three years of probation. Her case has been transferred to the courthouse in Waterbury, where she has another case pending involving possession with intent to sell, among other charges.

Watson, her attorney said Thursday, is anticipating a suspended sentence in the Waterbury case on Dec. 18. The sentence she receives in connection with the Southington arrest could also be fully suspended, but will be left up to the judge in Waterbury.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 5 December 2019 17:22. Updated: Thursday, 5 December 2019 17:24.