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Woman Sentenced For Smuggling Drugs Into Prison

August 14, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — A single straw filled with contraband could cost Nicolette Hadvance one to two years in prison. Hadvance, 25, of Plymouth, smuggled tobacco and buprenorphine, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, into the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on April 19, 2016. She was sentenced Monday. She did it by packing the contraband inside a drinking straw, which she pushed through a small hole in a visitor’s booth at the jail. In the space where inmates and the public meet on opposite sides of glass and speak through telephones, the hole was small enough to go unnoticed and large enough to fit a straw through. Those plastic straws were the makeshift packaging that visitors used to deliver contraband. At the time, officials thought the hole was caused when caulking wore away or when someone intentionally removed it to install new phone lines. Law enforcement learned about the hole when someone inside the prison told officials. They set up surveillance to investigate. The next day, they saw the discreet opening being used to pass materials from visitors to inmates. Hadvance was one of several people who used the hole the day of the surveillance. After visits ended, police moved in. They found a straw and capsule on Mark Madera of Hanover Twp. and 14 straws with Derek L. Spaide of Kingston containing drugs. Hadvance already has credit for nearly 50 days already served. She is eligible for a nine-month sentence under a recidivism reduction program, designed to lower the likelihood that inmates re-offend. She must also pay restitution and maintain employment upon release. Contact the writer: bwellock@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2051, @CVBillW