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Blair inmate faces contraband charges

A Blair County Prison inmate faces charges after correction officers allegedly found a Suboxone strip in his cell.

Hollidaysburg Borough police have charged Joshua D. Shepherd, 40, with a felony count of contraband possession of a controlled substance by an inmate stemming from an incident Nov. 29 at the jail where Shepherd allegedly tried to hide a Suboxone strip from guards who were in his cell to search his bunk.

According to the charges, Shepherd was in his cell on the afternoon of Nov. 29 when staff noticed he had commissary items, such as a radio, when he was supposed to be on a 48-hour quarantine when those items were not allowed.

When a corrections officer told Shepherd to stand up and step away from his bunk, Shepherd allegedly grabbed a sheet of white paper from the bunk where he was laying.

Police contend Shepherd then tried to turn away and put the paper in his mouth, ignoring an order from a guard to drop what he had in his hand.

A half strip of Suboxone fell to the floor when corrections officers tried to get control of Shepherd’s hands, police said.

Shepherd is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

He remains in jail with bail set at 10 percent of $15,000.

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