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Drexel Hill woman arrested for sneaking drugs into prison for her inmate boyfriend, who is also facing charges

Heather Stamm

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Heather Stamm, 35, of Drexel Hill, is facing felony contraband charges for sneaking suboxone into the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Concord Township, for her boyfriend, inmate Joseph Terranova, 36, who is also facing charges.

Heather Stamm, 35, of the 3400 block of Garrett Road in Drexel Hill, is charged with contraband and conspiracy, both felonies of the second degree, and delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, an ungraded felony. Inmate Joseph Terranova, 36, is facing the same charges. The investigation was conducted by Detective Sergeant Lawrence Patterson and Detective Louis Grandizio of the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and investigators and correctional officers with the George W. Hill Correctional Facility.

On Monday, August 6, 2018, at approximately 9:00 p.m., inmate Joseph Terranova, who was incarcerated at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, was searched by correctional officers following a visit with his girlfriend, Heather Stamm. During the search, officers discovered several orange bags of suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, in inmate Terranova’s folded visitor’s pass. The inmate’s girlfriend, Heather Stamm, was interviewed and admitted that she brought 22 strips of suboxone into the prison and gave them to inmate Terranova. She advised that there were eight more sealed packs of suboxone in her vehicle, which was parked on prison property, all of which was later recovered from the vehicle.

In response to the report of contraband in the prison, CID Detective Sergeant Patterson and Detective Grandizio responded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility and met with Heather Stamm who waived her Miranda Rights. She spoke with the detectives and admitted that she knowingly brought the suboxone into the prison and gave them to her boyfriend, inmate Joseph Terranova. She also advised them of the additional suboxone in her vehicle.

“Bringing drugs into a correctional facility is a serious felony offense and those who attempt to do so in Delaware County will be arrested and prosecuted,” said Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “In the case of inmate Joseph Terranova, even while incarcerated, he could not refrain from committing a crime, and instead conspired with his girlfriend, Heather Stamm, to surreptitiously bring drugs into the prison, intending on selling the suboxone and lining his pockets with money. I would like to commend the correctional officers at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility and CID for their investigative efforts that led to the arrests in this case.”

Heather Stamm was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Wendy B. Roberts who set bail at ten percent of $50,000. Her preliminary hearing date is scheduled for August 16, 2018. A detainer was lodged with the prison for inmate Joseph Terranova.



DATE: August 9, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252