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Florida Correction Officers Used Strippers to Smuggle Drugs, Booze Into Prison and Arranged Sexual Trysts In the Woods with Inmates

January 17, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Florida Correction Officers Used Strippers to Smuggle Drugs, Booze Into Prison and Arranged Sexual Trysts In the Woods with Inmates Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

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A Florida prison inmate’s escape opened up a Pandora’s box and led investigators to a prison scheme, which involved a corrections officer and two strippers he used to smuggle in malt liquor, cigarettes and arranged “conjugal visits in the woods.”

The events began to unfold in September,  Jason Adams, a prison inmate who was part of a  work crew, escaped in suburban Pasco County, about 30 miles north of downtown Tampa.

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Corrections officer, Henry Blackwelder, 45, who was in charge of looking after the crew, waited three hours to inform his superiors of the escape.

Henry Blackwelder

When investigators combed the area, they discovered empty cans of Straw-Ber-Rita, Four Loko malt liquor and empty bags of synthetic marijuana known as “spice.”

“Prison is supposed to be tough. … It was basically a party out there,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a recent news conference.

At the time of his escape, Adams, was serving a six-year sentence for burglary and grand theft. He apparently managed to get away after asking to relieve himself in the woods and never returned. He was caught a day later riding a bicycle

According to Nocco, his arrest was the beginning of the end of Blackwelder’s scheme, who resigned after the escape.

Detectives discovered that Blackwelder allowed Adams to leave the work crew on several occasions to buy booze, smokes and spice.

Blackwelder then used his work crew to smuggle the goods back into the prison, according to the arrest report.

Blackwelder sought the help of two strippers, who also worked at a nearby convenience store, to assist with the smuggling.

One of the women, 24-year-old Jessica Morgan, told deputies “she knew it was wrong” but did it because she had fallen in love with one of the inmates on the work crew.

Morgan and 46-year-old Stacy Petty told officials they met with the inmates once a week for about a year.

Stacy petty (left) and Jessica Morgan (right) - Image courtesy of jacksonville.com

Stacy petty (left) and Jessica Morgan (right) – Image courtesy of jacksonville.com

In return Blackwelder received cash and food for the contraband and would finish any leftovers from the food the two women brought for their inmate boyfriends, Nocco said.

“He was like Yogi bear out there eating their leftovers,” said Nocco, who held a news conference on Tuesday and stood behind a table stacked with contraband, including “Scooby Snax” spice packets.

Blackwelder was charged Tuesday with official misconduct, unlawful compensation for official behavior and smuggling contraband into a state correctional facility. He was released on bail Wednesday.

Morgan and Petty are charged with introducing contraband into a state correctional facility, giving alcohol to an inmate, and giving articles of food and clothing to an inmate.

Both are being held on $20,000 bond at the Pasco County Jail.

Nocco also said that the work crews sexual trysts continued even after Blackwelder resigned, which have investigators suspecting that even more corrections officers are involved.

“The department is currently reviewing all policies and procedures related to community work squads to ensure the safety, supervision and security of all inmates and staff,” the state Department of Corrections said in a statement.

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