GREENSBURG (KDKA) — Greensburg City police are expected to file charges as early as Tuesday against a woman from Youngwood who was leading two lives at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital.
She was not immediately identified by name.
She was not only a patient at the hospital, but she was allegedly selling heroin from her hospital room.
Jennifer Miele, Excela’s Vice President of Marketing, said staffers in the ICU saw numerous visitors coming and going, spending only a moment or two with the patient before leaving.
“What the staff was noticing in our Intensive Care Unit, was that many visitors were coming and going, the foot traffic was extreme, but they weren’t staying. Instead of staying for 20 minutes, they were staying for two minutes,” Miele said.
Employees alerted hospital security, who turned the matter over to Greensburg Police. They in turn set up a surveillance operation.
And, police said it didn’t take long to see what was really going on. They allegedly confiscated more than 350 stamp bags of heroin from the woman’s room, with an estimated street value of about $3,800.
They also found drug paraphernalia in the room, along with more than $1,000 and several cell phones.