Police searching for drug convict who escaped Ancora facility in N.J.
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Authorities say a man convicted on drug charges has escaped from the satellite campus of a southern New Jersey prison.
Department of Corrections spokesman Matt Schuman said Saturday it’s the first escape from a department-operated facility in 2015.
Schuman says authorities at the Ancora facility of Bayside State Prison noticed about 6 a.m. that Panagioti Souris was not in his bed.
Department of Corrections officials then used a canine unit to search for Souris near the facility. Schuman says local police are also involved.
Souris was serving a maximum sentence of five years on two counts of heroin charges. Schuman says Souris was a minimum-custody convict.
Schuman called escapes “extremely rare.”
The search and an investigation are continuing.