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Ridley Park woman hides fentanyl in body cavity to bring into prison

Today District Attorney Katayoun Copeland announced the arrest of Emily Dougherty of Ridley Park, who is facing charges related to possession of illegal contraband, specifically, fentanyl, while in prison. The arrest comes after the Dougherty arrived to serve her 48-hour continued sentence from a prior arrest and was found to be in possession of fentanyl by the George W. Hill Correctional Facility (GWHCF) staff.

Emily Dougherty, 25, of the 1000 block of Haverford Road in Ridley Park, is facing one count possession of contraband - fentanyl, a felony of the second degree as well as one count of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both of which are ungraded misdemeanors. Bail is set at $25,000/ 10%.

On March 5, 2019, Emily Dougherty arrived at the GWHCF to serve 48 hours of a previously imposed weekend sentence. The GWHCF received information that Dougherty was in possession of illegal contraband and removed Dougherty from her cell. A search of Dougherty by a female correctional officer revealed that Dougherty had concealed multiple glassine bags containing suspected controlled substances in her vaginal cavity. The controlled substances were submitted to Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division Detective Brian Alexander who submitted the evidence to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab. Forensic analysis revealed that the nine bags recovered from Emily Dougherty contained fentanyl and valeryl fentanyl.

“Bringing drugs into a correctional facility is extremely dangerous and puts the safety of corrections officers, staff, inmates and community members at risk,” said Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “Those who attempt to sneak drugs into prison will be arrested and prosecuted for this felony offense. I would like to commend the correctional officers at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility and CID Detective Brian Patterson for their investigative efforts that led to the arrest in this case.”


CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 17, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Meredith McLain, 610-891-4242