April 7, 2017

Jail guard arrested on drug charges

Trishia Antoine

Ronald Breandon

STROUDSBURG – A guard at the Monroe County Correctional Facility was arrested on Thursday.  The arrest of Sergeant Tnishia Antoine, 35, of Blakeslee, triggered a complete lockdown and full search of the prison utilizing drug sniffing dogs from Pocono Mountain Regional Police, Scranton Police and the Pennsylvania State Police. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Antoine and her husband, Ronald Brandon, 36, also from Blakeslee. Today’s incident began when an MCCF employee discovered a bag of heroin lying on the floor in the correctional facility’s lobby. A review of surveillance footage revealed that the bag of heroin was dropped by Antoine as she entered the facility.

The Warden immediately contacted the Monroe County Drug Task Force requesting assistance. Detectives from the District Attorney’s Office responded to the facility, took possession of the heroin and reviewed the video footage. Antoine was taken into custody, advised of her Miranda Rights and agreed to be interviewed. A search of her person uncovered heroin that she had concealed in her bra.

Antoine’s vehicle, parked in the facility lot, was searched and additional bags of heroin were recovered next to a large sum of cash. The packaging of the heroin was consistent with the sale and/or distribution of heroin. Antoine was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, heroin a second degree felony due to the fact that it was brought into the prison. Antoine was also charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Antoine was transported to the Northampton County Correctional Facility.  Bail was set at $20,000 secured. 

A search warrant was executed at Antoine’s residence. Antoine’s husband, Ronald Brandon, was found along with their 18-month-old child. A search of the residence yielded in excess of 50 bags of heroin, a digital scale, packaging material and drug paraphernalia. Monroe County Children & Youth Services took custody of the child and Brandon was taken into custody and charged with ‘possession with the intent to deliver heroin’, ‘endangering the welfare of a child’, ‘criminal use of a communications facility’, ‘possession of heroin’ and ‘possession of drug paraphernalia’. Brandon was temporarily committed at the Monroe County Correctional Facility pending arraignment and setting of bail.

The investigation continues.

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