New Castle News

April 9, 2014

Inmate charged with hiding drugs

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A woman inmate is facing charges for allegedly harboring drugs in the Lawrence County jail.

New Castle police have charged Morgan Bertram, 22, of 2887 Camp Allegheny Road, Ellwood City, in connection with having hidden contraband.

Officers were called to the jail around 9 a.m. Friday and met with the warden, jail personnel and Bertram, who admitted to having a syringe and heroin-soaked cotton balls wrapped in a cigarette cellophane wrapper that she had hidden in her private parts.

Corrections officers told police they had searched the cell in the booking area to prepare for a suicidal female who had just arrived at the jail, and they found a syringe on the bunk under the mattress. They said Bertram then signed a written statement admitting to possessing and ingesting the drugs. She said she had put the items under a mattress.

She was taken to Jameson Hospital for medical clearance.

Police said she initially had turned herself in to the New Castle Police because she was wanted a bench warrant out of Allegheny County.

She told police she had hidden the contraband in the New Castle Public Library before going into the police station.

She is facing charges of contraband, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was returned to the jail and additional bond was set at $5,000.