Delco DA: Prison searches yield contraband

Inmate searches at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility reportedly turned up contraband in a trio of recent, separate cases.

Anthony Kline

Anthony Kline

On Friday, Nov. 18, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced three arrests, the result of collaborative investigations conducted by the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division and authorities at the prison. The defendants have been charged with possession of a controlled substance or contraband by an inmate, a second-degree felony, said a press release from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

The first case occurred on Oct. 5, when Karen Ganzelli, 53, of Essington, arrived at the correctional facility for a probation violation. A search by Correctional Officer Shandah Davis resulted in the retrieval of a bottle of Xanax pills and Suboxone foil packets. When asked why she had them, Ganzelli said that she “didn’t want no one to take them,” the release said.

Karen Ganzelli

Karen Ganzelli

On Oct. 14, Sgt. Thomas Janney was conducting an inmate check of Anthony Kline, 28, of Linwood. When asked if there was anything he would like to turn over, Kline reached into his underwear and removed one Suboxone strip and five pills which were later determined as Clonazepam, the release said.

Following an arrest for retail theft, Anthony Walker, 21, of Philadelphia, was transported to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, where Correctional Officer Franklin Benson discovered a green leafy substance that was later confirmed as marijuana, the release said.

Anthony Walker

Anthony Walker

“The investigators and correctional officers at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility are to be commended for their continued efforts to keep drugs and contraband out of the prison, Whelan said in the release. “As a result of their training and vigilance, these officers were able to successfully bring about these arrests, ensuring the safety of their fellow employees and inmates at the prison."

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