Woman charged with trying to smuggle 494 suboxone strips into Pa. prison

Officials allege 494 strips of an orange wax paper with N8 markings and green 8 markings were confiscated


Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa.

SHAMOKIN, Pa. — A Lebanon woman faces felony drug charges after allegedly attempting to smuggle 494 strips of suboxone into State Correctional Institution-Coal Township.

Nayda Rodriquez-Vazquez, 39, of Lehman St., was arraigned by Shamokin District Judge John Gembic at 7 p.m. Saturday and sent to prison in lieu of $100,000 cash.

Stonington troopers said they received a call from SCI-Coal Township officials saying a woman delivered a controlled substance to an inmate during a visit Saturday afternoon. An officer discovered the suboxone, according to court documents.

Prison officials allege they witnessed the transfer of the drugs via live stream on surveillance cameras during the visit at around 1:42 p.m., according to court documents.

Officers converged on Rodriquez-Vazquez and the inmate but the inmate got up and began to walk away, troopers said.

The alleged drugs fell from the inmate's pant leg and officers were able to recover the packages, according to court documents.

Troopers allege 494 strips of an orange wax paper with N8 markings and green 8 markings were confiscated. Troopers said the markings are consistent with the appearance of suboxone.

The packages were tested and tests results came back as a positive read for suboxone, according to court documents.

Rodriquez-Vazquez was placed under arrest and charged with felony drug possession and contraband.

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