A Pennsylvania woman has been charged on drug possession counts for allegedly selling heroin from her bed in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, police said.
Lori Sullenberger, 38, of Youngwood, Pa. began receiving an “exorbitant amount of foot traffic” in her room at the Excela Westmoreland Hospital, a hospital spokesman said, when security began an investigation, Pittsburgh Action News 4 reports. A confidential informant purchased 30 bags of heroin from her, police said, and a total of $3,800 worth of heroin and $1,420 in cash was allegedly seized from her room. Sullenberger was being treated for an “unrelated medical issue,” according to police.
Police said that Sullenberger had multiple cellphones in her room that would ring at all hours, and visitors to her room also didn’t know her last name.
“Definitely is one of the more unique cases, to be selling narcotics out of an intensive care unit where obviously people are trying to get help,” local police captain Chad Zucco said.
Sullenberger remained in the hospital Tuesday as police worked on arrest warrants for her, her boyfriend and a third man, who allegedly bought or possessed drugs from her.