Visitor at Mercer prison found with drugs, Department of Corrections says

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A visitor to the SCI Mercer prison was arrested after she was found to have drugs, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. 

The suspect was not named, but the Department of Corrections says she was found with drugs testing positive for THC as well as paraphernalia. 

They were found during random searches of visitors’ vehicles on March 23. A K-9 alerted to her vehicle and purse. 

The Department of Corrections said drug dogs are used to keep drugs from the facility. A new policy says anyone caught introducing or attempting to introduce contraband into a state prison’s visiting room will be suspended from visiting any DOC facility. 

The DOC adds that drug finds have been increasing in each of the last three years. In addition, new forms of drugs have made them nearly impossible to detect.

Last year, the state’s prison system tightened security after 18 staff members at three prisons were sickened by an unidentified substance. That included employees at SCI Mercer, who were twice exposed

The investigation into March 23’s drug incident is ongoing. 

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