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Police: Woman brought drugs into prison to pay for college

May 2, 2019

An Upper Darby woman has been charged by state police with attempting to sneak drugs into the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands after an inmate told her he would pay for her college tuition.

Fredlyn Nyanue, 22, was charged Saturday with felony drug possession, contraband, conspiracy, misdemeanor drug possession, drug use, child endangerment, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on Friday, Nyanue brought a controlled substance into SCI-Laurel Highlands. Police said a K-9 unit reported that Nyanue had 26 Suboxone strips wrapped in cellophane. Suboxone is a prescription medicine used to treat opioid addiction, but it can also be abused itself. She also had 128 Suboxone wrappers and one unopened strip in her vehicle next to a car seat occupied by a 1-year-old. Nyanue told police she was attempting to smuggle the drugs to an inmate and added she threw 50 to 100 Suboxone strips out of her car window.

She told police that the inmate promised to pay for her college if she brought the Suboxone into the prison. The inmate has not been charged.

Nyanue is being held in jail on a $10,000 bond.

Police also charged Faith Jalarue, 22, of Darby, after a K-9 found marijuana and suspected THC in her purse. Jalarue said she drove Nyanue to the prison to visit the inmate and said she “knew that Nyanue was doing something.” She also added she smoked marijuana the night before.

Jalarue is charged with contraband, conspiracy, drug possession, marijuana possession, drug use and driving under the influence. She was released on a $50,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing for both women is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset.

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