Man charged with sneaking drugs into jail after sentencing

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A Monroeville man sentenced Thursday to prison in connection with a fatal car crash has been charged with trying to sneak pills into the Allegheny County Jail after his court hearing.

Fremont Mathias, 33, was arraigned early this morning 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 June 30, 2013, and collided with a motorcycle, killing its driver, 69-year-old Lawrence Matvey.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Philip Ignelzi sentenced Mathias 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.

A defense attorney for Mathias was not immediately available for comment.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com.


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