Superior court judges in Pennsylvania have denied an inmate’s appeal, which claimed that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to show that drugs found protruding from his buttocks were his.
Edwin Wylie-Biggs, 36, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, was taken in for a strip search after a corrections officer at the State Correctional Institution at Fayette saw another inmate pass something to him on their way to the dining hall, the corrections officer testified.
During the strip search, officers asked him to bend over and spread his buttocks, after which they found a clear plastic baggie with a balloon protruding from his rectum.
Upon testing, the blue balloon was found to contain synthetic marijuana, or K2.
“After arriving, Lieutenant Switzer spoke to [Appellant], who admitted the contraband was his and identified it as K2,” the judges’ ruling states.
Wylie-Biggs appealed to the state after a Fayette County court ruled the contraband was in his possession.
“[The] appellant claims that the evidence introduced by the Commonwealth at trial was insufficient to sustain his conviction of possession of contraband by an inmate,” the ruling says.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wylie-Biggs was sentenced to two to four years in prison in 2014 after he fled from police and jumped off a 100-foot bridge. He pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person, fleeing an officer, possession of heroin with intent to sell and related charges.
After the state superior court judges’ ruling, he was charged with three to six years in prison to run consecutively with his other sentence.