Inmate Smuggling Contraband Into Holding Center Facing Medical Procedure to Remove Contraband.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies assigned to the holding center refused to clear a recently arraigned inmate after she failed to clear a metal detector during the booking process. Deputies in the booking area of the Erie County Holding Center were processing a female following a court appearance on Monday, September 10. The inmate was having problems staying awake and alert, and when asked about drug use she stated she was clean. Deputies utilized a handheld metal detector and isolated the area which was alerting the main metal detector. The Deputies asked multiple times if she had anything on her and she continued to reply in the negative. Deputies concerned for the inmate’s well-being and safety transported her to the Erie County Medical Center for further evaluation for concealment of a foreign object. On September 11, the inmate surrendered one capped hypodermic needle, one uncapped needle, a small cylinder containing narcotics, and a condom containing narcotics secreted in her vagina. ECMC staff also reported that she still had a pill bottle in her rectum and an unidentified object in her vagina. As of September 11, ECMC medical professionals were deciding whether to use a medical procedure to remove the remaining objects. This inmate (her identity is withheld due to medical and HIPPA concerns) was placed in the holding center following her arraignment in local town court on drug-related charges. The Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit and the Jail Management Division are investigating the incident, and additional charges are pending.