Man charged in attempt to sneak drugs into jail

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After a Monroeville man was sentenced Thursday to prison in connection with a fatal car crash, he was charged with trying to sneak pills into the Allegheny County Jail following his court hearing.

Fremont Mathias, 33, was arraigned early Friday on three charges related to contraband.

Mathias pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle and related charges after police said he crossed the center line while driving in Monroeville on June 30, 2013, and collided with a motorcycle, killing its driver, Lawrence Matvey, 69.

Judge Philip Ignelzi of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court sentenced Mathias on Thursday to one to two years in state prison followed by five years of probation. After the hearing, sheriff’s deputies took Mathias and others back to the Allegheny County Jail, where they were screened by corrections officers, per normal protocol.

Deputies wrote in a criminal complaint that they found four bags containing pills hidden in Mathias’ black-and-camouflage Nike high-tops. Among the suspected pills, they wrote, were Alprazolam, ampthetamine and dextroamphetamine.


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