Youngwood woman charged with selling heroin in Greensburg hospital
Lori L. Sullenberger of Youngwood was charged on Tuesday with selling suspected heroin while a patient in the intensive care unit and a hospital room at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, according to the state district court website and city police.
Two men who know Sullenberger, 37, are facing drug possession charges after they allegedly had heroin in the hospital, according to the website and police.
Sullenberger admitted injecting heroin into her IV line system while in the hospital, using one of two syringes that authorities seized, police said.
Sullenberger had 342 stamp bags, or individual doses, labeled “Bingo” in her purse, two syringes, $1,420 and multiple cellphones in her hospital room when confronted, police said. The heroin seized would be worth about $3,800 on the street.
“It just goes to show it's everywhere,” said detective Jerry Vernail, the investigating officer.
He described Sullenberger as a “mid-level dealer.”
Robert Rearick, 27, of Greensburg received 30 stamp bags from Sullenberger on Friday night, helping lead to the charges against her, police said. Jason Bates, 32, of Youngwood, a male friend of Sullenberger, had seven stamp bags on him, police said.
Authorities put Sullenberger under surveillance after hospital staff and security became suspicious about the number of visitors coming in to see her, Vernail and a hospital spokesperson said.
One visitor who was questioned didn't know the woman's last name, authorities said.
Sullenberger went to the hospital on April 14 for an unrelated medical issue.
Police on Tuesday were trying to determine how many stamp bags Sullenberger allegedly sold from her hospital bed.
They believe she started selling from the medical facility toward the end of last week and may have used her purse to take heroin into the hospital.
She will face a preliminary hearing on charges of intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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