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Drug Crimes: contraband

One of the more serious Drug Crimes in the PA crimes code is for the crime of Contraband.  You can be found guilty of drug crimes such as contraband if you aid a convicted person in getting  controlled substances in the prison. A person commits a felony of the second degree if he sells, gives, transmits, or furnishes to any convict in a prison, or inmate in a mental hospital, or gives away in or brings into any prison, mental hospital, or any building appurtenant thereto, read about cocaine crimes here  or on the land granted to or owned or leased by the Commonwealth or the county for the use and benefit of the prisoners or inmates, or puts it in any place where it may be secured by a convict of a prison, inmate of a mental hospital, or employee thereof, any controlled substance included in Schedules I through V of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. There is a mandatory minimum that states the defendant shall be sentenced to no less than two years total confinement. Possession of controlled substance contraband by inmates is prohibited. A prisoner or inmate commits a felony of the second degree if he unlawfully has in his possession or under his control any controlled substance in violation of section 13(a)(16) of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.

Along with controlled substances, it is also illegal to give or furnish money to any inmate confined in a State or county correctional institution, provided notice of this prohibition is adequately posted at the institution. Drug delivery resulting in death  Giving or furnishing money to inmates is a misdemeanor of the third degree. There are different types of contraband in addition to controlled substances and money. According to the statute, a person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if he sells, gives or furnishes to any convict in a prison, or inmate in a mental hospital, or gives away in or brings into any prison, mental hospital, or any building appurtenant thereto, or on the land granted to or owned or leased by the Commonwealth or county for the use and benefit of the prisoners or inmates, or puts in any place where it may be secured by a convict of a prison, inmate of a mental hospital, or employee thereof, any kind of spirituous or fermented liquor, medicine or poison.

​In addition to controlled substances and money, telecommunication devices to inmates is prohibited. A person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if he sells, gives, or furnishes to any inmate in a correctional institution, prison, jail, detention facility or mental hospital, or puts it any place where it may be obtained by an inmate of a correctional institution, prison, jail, detention facility or mental hospital, any telecommunication device. Telecommunication devices are defined by the statute as any type of instrument, device, machine, or equipment which is capable of transmitting telephonic, electronic, digital, cellular or radio communications. Examples of telecommunication devices are cellular phones, digital phones, and modem equipment devices. If an inmate in a correctional institution has a telecommunication device under his possession, he is committing a misdemeanor of the first degree.

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