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Ohio prison milkman accused of smuggling drugs, cellphones into detention center

March 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Ohio prison milkman accused of smuggling drugs, cellphones into detention center

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Ohio prison milkman accused of smuggling contraband into detention center

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A longtime milkman for a prison in Ohio allegedly delivered more than dairy.

Ray Adams, a staff member at Martins Ferry-based United Dairy Inc., is accused of smuggling illegal contraband including weed, tobacco, and cellphones concealed inside of milk cartons into Lebanon Correctional Facility.

Prosecutors said officials at the facility searched the close to 30,000 half-pint cartons Adams was delivered on January 8th and discovered the contraband — which included 12 mobile phones — in 30 of the cartons, according to Fox19.

Warrant County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Adams was in contact with a prisoner who organized the deliveries and set up compensation. He added that Adams made thousands of dollars smuggling the items in over time.

Adams has been a driver for the dairy company for 14 years and work as a milk deliveryman for the prison for the past two years. Investigators allege that the smuggling scheme began in August.

Before carrying out the deliveries, Adams would meet a contact at a gas station and receive substitute milk cartons with the contraband inside before he entered the prison.

“It’s not being brought in just to be passed out to whoever — ‘Hey it’s your lucky day, you’re one of 30 winners,'” Fornshell stated.

“Somebody on the inside had to be looking for the cartons, knowing how they were going to be marked, knowing what day they were coming,” the prosecutor added.

The 50-year-old driver has not yet entered a plea to charges of carrying drugs and cellphones and has been released on bond.

The family-owned United Dairy indicated on Wednesday that Adam was terminated immediately after the charges were filed.

“It’s a sad situation all around,” human resources director Doug Longenette said.

Fornshell added that the investigation was still pending and additional charges may be filed.

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