No ifs, ands or butts about it.
That’s the message a Pennsylvania judicial panel despatched to an inmate who claimed a balloon stuffed with artificial marijuana in his rear finish wasn’t his.
The ruling final week got here after Edwin Wylie-Biggs appealed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s extra sentence for having the contraband materials, arguing it didn’t have ample proof.
He was hit with an additional three to 6 years final April for the offense, on high of an current jail time period in Allegheny County, which was upheld in a trial court docket a month later, in accordance with the five-page ruling.
A corrections officer testified that he instructed Wylie-Biggs to bend over throughout a strip search, having seen one other inmate go him one thing.
When Wylie-Biggs unfold his buttocks “a transparent plastic bag containing a small blue balloon may very well be seen protruding of his rectum,” in accordance with the court docket doc.
Wylie-Biggs took the bag out of his anus, which officers instantly examined. The substance got here again optimistic as K2, an artificial type of marijuana.
But the inmate appealed his possession of contraband by an inmate cost on the grounds that Pennsylvania didn’t have an ironclad case.
The Superior Court docket panel concluded that the state offered ample proof that Wylie-Biggs did in reality have an unlawful substance.
Wylie-Biggs was held at State Correctional Institute Fayette in southwest Pennsylvania when the guards discovered the K2.
State data point out he was later moved to State Correctional Institute Dallas, which is about 30 miles southwest of Scranton.
Wylie-Biggs reportedly survived a 100-foot fall off a bridge in suburban Pittsburgh whereas operating from police in January 2014.
He pleaded responsible that August to a slew of expenses together with possession of heroin with intent to promote and recklessly endangering one other individual.
That October he acquired a two- to four-year jail sentence, the Pittsburgh Publish-Gazette beforehand reported.