Former York prison guard charged with bringing in contraband
A former York County Prison corrections officer accused of bringing drug paraphernalia into the facility told investigators it was for her personal use only and that she had no plans to provide it to inmates, according to charging documents.
Amanda Lee Anderson, 39, of Wrightsville, remains free on her own recognizance, charged with the second-degree felony of bringing contraband into a prison as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
She was arraigned on the charges Thursday, Aug. 23, by District Judge Barry Bloss Jr., court records state.
Anderson declined comment Thursday afternoon.
According to charging documents filed by state police, another corrections officer went into a women's staff bathroom in the prison about 4 p.m. Aug. 2 and found a convenience-store rewards card, a small drinking straw and a small bag that was bundled up.
"Although the bathroom where the paraphernalia was located is for York County Prison employees only, incarcerated inmates have access to it for cleaning purposes, documents state.
Video surveillance showed Anderson was the last staff member to use that bathroom before the contraband was found, police said.
Addiction issue: Anderson spoke with state police on Aug. 14 and told them she is addicted to heroin, according to charging documents.
She said she would occasionally bring heroin into the prison "and snort it to get her through her shift," documents state.
Anderson told troopers the paraphernalia either fell out of her pocket or she forgot it in the bathroom, according to documents.
"Anderson stated she did not buy, sell or give any heroin to other inmates or officers at the York County Prison," documents state.
She was terminated from her job after the incident came to light, York County spokesman Mark Walters has said.
York County Prison Warden Clair Doll told The York Dispatch on Friday, Aug. 17, that prison staff being found with contraband is not a regular problem.
"We have a very dedicated and professional staff who work here. ... We have zero tolerance for this," he said. "We search everyone coming into the prison, whether they are inmates or staff."
Doll also said there are ongoing efforts to improve security at the prison.
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