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State inmate pleads guilty to contraband charge

An inmate of the State Correctional Institute in Houtzdale was given additional prison time for possessing a controlled substance.

Joshua Medina, 27, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a controlled substance-contraband by a inmate. Judge Paul E. Cherry sentenced Medina to two to four years in state prison. This will run consecutive to his current sentence of eight to 16 years for robbery from 2013.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Feb. 5 Medina was ordered to submit to a search because he had violated institutional rules. When he was searched, the officers found a suboxone strip in a latex glove and additional suboxone strips wrapped in a piece of paper. He admitted to possessing the items and claimed he had them only for personal use.

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