Inmate serving time for contraband faces new charges

By Travis Kellar - [email protected] | March 9th, 2017 5:19 pm

WILKES-BARRE — A woman already serving time for having contraband while in prison is now facing a new, similar charge.

Inmate Latesha Twyman, 23, was found in possession of crack cocaine at Luzerne County’s lockup last summer, authorities report.

Court documents say Twyman was recently sentenced to 14 to 30 months in prison for possessing a controlled substance as an inmate in an earlier incident.

She is currently housed at the state prison for women in Muncy.

According to a complaint on the new contraband charge:

Police were contacted by staff at the Luzerne County prison for an inmate that smuggled contraband inside. The inmate, identified as Twyman, was being strip-searched when a small, clear plastic bag fell from her bra.

Investigators believed the substance inside the bag was crack cocaine. The substance was sent to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Twyman was arraigned on her new charge before District Judge Thomas Malloy Sr. via video on Thursday, and she is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Malloy at 9 a.m. on April 6.

By Travis Kellar

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