Visitor to state prison caught with marijuana

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Sep 11, 2018 11:34 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A visitor to a Pennsylvania state prison has been arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into the Lycoming County facility.

The Department of Corrections said a man was being processed for a visit with his daughter at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy Tuesday morning, when security staff found a sandwich bag containing a leafy substance in his outer garment.

A state trooper arrived and conducted a field test of the substance, confirming it to be marijuana.

The man was taken into custody by state police, who will determine whether to file criminal charges.

Under a new policy, any visitor who is caught attempting to introduce contraband into prison visiting rooms will be suspended indefinitely from visiting any Department of Corrections facility.

The incident follows a 12 day lockdown  of the state prison system, which aimed to stop the flow of drugs into facilities.

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