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Woman guilty of dealing heroin in W. Pa. jail cell

November 21, 2013
Associated Press

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman will serve 11½ to 23 months in a western Pennsylvania jail for selling heroin to other inmates from her cell in the same facility.

Thirty-one-year-old Tonya Piper, of Youngstown, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to drug-related charges.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) reports guards searched Piper's Westmoreland County Prison cell in February and found 64 individual dose bags of heroin after other inmates tipped off authorities. She was charged in March after tests confirmed the substance was heroin and she has been jailed ever since.

Normally, a defendant gets credit for pretrial jail time served against their eventual sentence. But because of the nature of her charges, the time Piper's spent in jail since March won't count.

Piper was serving a drug possession sentence when the heroin was found.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,



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