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Harrisburg inmate escapes after being caught smuggling drugs in his rectum

Posted July 24

— Officers at the Harrisburg Community Corrections Center administering a strip search of an inmate on July 12 discovered a controlled substance hidden in a sensitive area - the man's rectal cavity.

According to a State Police report, when the smuggling was discovered, the inmate, Tyrone James Tengbe, 32, shoved the correctional officer against the wall and held him there. He then removed the controlled substance from his rectum, flushed it down a toilet, and fled the facility in an unknown direction.

The Harrisburg Community Corrections Center, located on 27 N. Cameron Street, is a facility for actively serving inmates who are nearing their releases from state prison, according to its website.

The corrections officer involved in the incident, a 21-year-old man, was uninjured, according to police.

Tengbe was charged with aggravated assault and escape in the incident.

He was later arrested on July 14 in a domestic incident in Steelton. Police charged him with simple assault, terroristic threats and criminal mischief in that incident.

Tengbe is back in prison.

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