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Couple charged with smuggling cell phone inside prison

Couple charged with smuggling cell phone inside prison

EASTON, Pa. - A Bethlehem man and his wife, already facing charges in connection with a homicide case, have been busted for smuggling a cell phone behind bars.

Rene Figueroa and Sonia Panell are now facing contraband charges. Police said they worked together to smuggle the phone into the Northampton County Prison in December.

Figueroa is charged in a deadly shootout outside the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society club on Bethlehem's south side.

Police said Panell later hired a hit-man to kill witnesses in her husband's case.

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