GREENSBURG, PA (WTAE/CNN) - A 38-year-old Pennsylvania woman has been accused of selling heroin from her hospital room while she was patient in an Intensive Care Unit.
Authorities seized more than 300 bags of suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia, cash and cell phones from the room at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, not far from Pittsburgh.
The woman was admitted earlier in April for an unrelated medical issue.
Hospital staff became suspicious after noticing how many people came to visit her.
"What they noticed last week was an exorbitant amount of foot traffic happening to a patient's room. Not patients coming to stay two hours, but patients coming to stay two minutes," said Jennifer Miele, Vice President of Marketing, Excela Westmoreland Hospital. "They thought that was really odd so they contacted security at Excela Westmoreland Hospital."
Police conducted surveillance of the room and sent in an informant to make a purchase.
Authorities say she kept the drugs inside her purse and drawers in the room.
She also allegedly injected heroin into her IV system while in the hospital.
Police are investigating how she got the drugs inside the facility.