Woman jailed for trying to smuggle heroin into Lancaster County Prison

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Maria Rosa

LANCASTER, Pa.–A Lancaster woman is facing charges after authorities caught her trying to smuggle 10 packets of heroin to a Lancaster County prison inmate during a visit last week.

Maria Rosa, 45, is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of contraband and tampering with evidence for the Nov. 14 incident.

According to prosecutors, Rosa placed two balloons, filled with heroin packets, in her mouth prior to a scheduled visitation with her boyfriend, an unidentified 48-year-old inmate. She intended to transfer the balloons during a kiss with the inmate, according to Drug Task Force detectives.

However, prison staff stopped Rosa before she went into the visitation. When confronted by staff, Rosa swallowed the balloons which she placed in her mouth.  The balloons were recovered at Lancaster General Hospital. They contained 10 baggies of heroin, prosecutors said.

The Drug Task Force, which filed charges, received information regarding Rosa’s plan prior to the visitation. The Task Force and prison staff conduct surveillance of Rosa as she waited for the visit.

Authorities say they have not charged the inmate.

Rosa was arraigned on Nov. 16 and to Lancaster County Prison on $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6.


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