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Woman arrested after attempting to give drug-soaked paper to inmate during court hearing

During a preliminary hearing for possessing contraband, the inmate’s girlfriend passed along an envelope to an unidentified person in an attempt to deliver it to the inmate


Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office

Ciara Mceneany
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A McKees Rocks woman has been accused of trying to supply drugs to an Allegheny County Jail inmate at the Pittsburgh Municipal Court Building Tuesday, according to the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.

Alisha Hunt, 28, has been charged with criminal attempt, contraband, criminal conspiracy, the criminal use of a communication facility, and the possession and delivery of drugs, according to the criminal complaint.

She is being held in the Allegheny County Jail, with a preliminary hearing set for July 3, sheriff’s office officials said.

Ms. Hunt’s boyfriend, Justin Allen, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at the Municipal Court Building on Tuesday after being found with synthetic cannabinoids in his jail cell in April. He was ultimately charged with contraband, according to the criminal complaint.

Before the hearing, Allen made plans for Ms. Hunt to meet with a person identified in the complaint as a “known individual” at the Court Building. Around 8:15 a.m. Ms. Hunt gave the individual an envelope with paperwork inside, with the intent of the papers being given to Allen, according to the criminal complaint.

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Officers noticed during Allen’s hearing that he kept asking the known individual for the envelope, according to the criminal complaint. Once the hearing concluded, the individual told the officers what had happened, as the person was not sure if they were allowed to give Allen the envelope.

Inspecting the envelope, officers found the papers that looked like “fictitious employment and contract agreements” soaked with an unknown substance, the complaint said.

The papers were taken as evidence and an initial test revealed that the “13 thick cotton paper sheets” had come up positive for synthetic cannabinoids, the complaint said. It was then sent for further testing at the Allegheny Crime Lab.

Due to Allen already being an inmate and the nature of his preliminary hearing, his phone was searched by police, according to the criminal complaint.

The search uncovered multiple calls and texts between Ms. Hunt and Allen, including plans about the type of paperwork she would bring.

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