Woman tries to smuggle 48 suboxone strips into Pa. prison

The woman was caught removing suboxone strips from her waistband and passing them to an inmate


Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa.

COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Philadelphia woman faces felony drug charges after Coal Township prison corrections officers allege they seized 48 suboxone strips during an inmate visit Sunday.

Justina Delgoleto, 54, of Philadelphia, was visiting an inmate at around 12:30 p.m. when officers at SCI-Coal Township monitoring the visit on surveillance cameras saw Delgoleto remove the suboxone strips from her waistband and pass them to the inmate.

Officers entered the visiting room and terminated the visit and took the inmate to be searched, Stonington state troopers said. Delgoleto was also detained, police said.

The inmate continued to try and hide the suboxone strips in his mouth but could not swallow the pack, police said.

Officers had to use a pepper spray to contain the inmate and he eventually spit out the drugs, police said.

Delgoleto faces felony possession with the intent to deliver and felony contraband, according to court documents.

Delgoleto was sent to Northumberland County Jail and will be arraigned in front of Shamokin District Judge John Gembic on Monday.

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