NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – A suspended guard charged with selling inmates drugs at a western Pennsylvania jail has had his preliminary hearing postponed due to unspecified health issues.
Thirty-year-old Douglas Mangino has been suspended without pay from the Lawrence County jail in New Castle since his arrest Nov. 23.
The New Castle News reports Mangino was first jailed in neighboring Butler County, but was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital after falling ill. Mangino remains at the hospital, which is why Monday’s preliminary hearing was postponed until Dec. 22.
Police charged Mangino after several inmates reported buying Subutex from him.
The prescription drug is used to treat withdrawal from heroin and other opioids, but can also be used to get high if it’s crushed and snorted or otherwise abused.
Online court records don’t list a defense attorney.
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