Police say woman sold drugs from hospital bed

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Greensburg police said Tuesday that a woman sold drugs out of Excela Westmoreland Hospital while she was a patient there.

Police said the hospital’s security director contacted police about 5 p.m. Friday after workers in the hospital’s intensive care unit noticed suspicious activity in the woman’s room.

“She had several cell phones in there that would go [off] throughout the night, all hours of the day,” Capt. Chad Zucco said.

Jennifer Miele, a spokeswoman for Excela Health, said nurses noticed that “instead of someone coming for 20 or 30 minutes, they were staying for two or three minutes, then leaving.”

Some visitors who came knew the woman’s first name but not her last name, Capt. Zucco said. He said police set up surveillance in the woman’s room and asked a confidential informant to buy 30 bags of heroin from the woman. After the transaction, police searched the hospital room and found about 380 bags of heroin and about $1,400 in cash, he said.

He said the woman had been in the hospital for about three days before police were contacted.

Ms. Miele declined to say for what the woman was being treated. She said that “within minutes” of a hospital worker contacting security, they placed a guard outside the woman’s door to monitor it 24-hours a day.

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