Three charged for planning to bring contraband into Warren County Jail

Two Warren women and one Erie woman face felony drug charges after allegedly conspiring to bring contraband into the Warren County Jail.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Sara Michelle Lang, 31, of Warren, was an inmate at the WCJ in November of 2017 when she was recorded on a jail telephone asking Nicole Megan Pascuzzo, 27, of Erie, Pa., to leave contraband in the restroom inside the WCJ lobby during her upcoming visit with Lang. On Nov. 12, the affidavit states, Pascuzzo was seen entering and then leaving the restroom, and trustee Maurita Lynn Shaver, 33, of Warren, whom Lang had asked to retrieve the contraband, was seen entering and leaving the same restroom during her cleaning duties.

Lang again placed a calls to Pascuzzo using a recorded line at the WCJ, again asking Pascuzzo to bring contraband along with her on an upcoming visit, and to leave it in the same place. On Nov. 19, the affidavit states, Pascuzzo is again seen entering and leaving the restroom after visiting Lang, and jail staff retrieved “a folded up piece of clear plastic containing one folded Suboxone strip,” from the restroom after Pascuzzo had exited it.

A decoy was placed in the restroom which Shaver later retrieved, the affidavit states. After completing her cleaning duties, staff again checked the restroom to find the decoy missing, at which point Shaver was asked whether she was holding any contraband. According to the affidavit, Shaver told jail staff that she was holding contraband and produced the decoy, telling staff that Lang had asked her to retrieve it for her.

Lang is charged with two counts of contraband, two counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and eight counts of criminal use of a communications facility — all felonies, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. Pascuzzo faces the same charges plus one additional account of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. Shaver faces two felony counts of contraband, two felony counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture, or deliver, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered.

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