Prison too full for parolee charged with possessing cocaine, marijuana

A state parolee found to be carrying cocaine and marijuana in her car was to be incarcerated on a parole violation, but the 28-year-old city woman was cut loose after city police were told there was no room for her at the Lycoming County Prison.

Instead of being jailed, Keri L. Hawkins, of 233 Adams St., was sent home on March 11 when officers found four bags of cocaine and one bag of marijuana in the Chevrolet Impala she was driving.

Police had stopped the car in the area of Second and Lumber streets after Hawkins failed to use a turn signal.

Officers had hoped to put her in the jail on a 48-hour detainer, but prison officials refused her, telling officers there were no beds available. She has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge James Carn.