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Ohio milkman smuggles drugs, phones into prison, reports say

March 1, 2018

Ohio milkman smuggles drugs, phones into prison, reports say

LEBANON, Ohio — Got milk? And drugs, cellphones and tobacco?

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell says a longtime milkman for the Lebanon Correctional Facility is facing charges after smuggling items into the prison inside milk cartons, the Associated Press reports.

Ray Adams, 50, of Amanda, Ohio, is charged with illegal conveyance onto institution, possession of marijuana and criminal tools, and illegal conveyance of a communication device onto grounds of a specified government facility, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Adams has not entered a plea to the charges and is free on a $10,000 bond.

The AP reports Adams has been the prison milkman for the past two years. Fornshell says Adams had an inmate contact in the prison who helped set up deliveries and that Adams made thousands of dollars under the arrangement.

The Daily News reports investigators believe Adams also might have had other contacts. The car of a recreational therapist at Warren Correctional Institution, located next to the prison, was searched by State Highway Patrol troopers on Tuesday. The therapist has not been charged.

“It’s not being brought in just to be randomly passed out to whoever — ‘Hey it’s your lucky day, you’re one of 30 winners today,’” Fornshell tells the AP. “Somebody on the inside had to be looking for the milk cartons coming in, knowing how they were going to be marked, knowing what day they were coming in.”

Investigators searched a delivery of 30,000 half-pint milk cartons on Jan. 8 and found 15 cell phones, about a pound of tobacco and about two pounds of marijuana, WXIX Channel 19 reports.

Adams worked for Martins Ferry-based United Dairy Inc. for 14 years. He has been fired, the AP reports.

If Adams is found guilty, he could end up serving his sentence in the same prison, WXIX reports.

The investigation is continuing.

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