COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Longtime milkman delivered greater than what the labels on his programs promised, smuggling marijuana, tobacco and mobile phones into an Ohio jail hidden inside of milk cartons, a prosecutor mentioned.
Ray Adams was in touch with an inmate at Lebanon Correctional Facility who facilitated the deliveries and arrange payments, consistent with Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.
Adams, an employee of Martins Ferry-based totally United Dairy Inc., made heaps of greenbacks sneaking the pieces in over time, Fornshell mentioned.
On Jan. EIGHT, authorities searched the nearly 30,000 milk cartons Adams was turning in that day and found contraband, together with 12 cell phones, in 30 of them.
Adams, 50, has now not but entered a plea to fees of conveying drugs and mobile phones and is still loose on bond. His attorney and United Dairy did not straight away go back messages in the hunt for comment.
Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith declined to remark as a result of the pending felony charges in opposition to Adams.
Ohio started counting on outdoor corporations to ship milk to prisons after selling off its dairy cows in 2016. Decreasing contraband used to be one in every of a few components the prisons director cited on the time in reinforce of the transfer.
“the department anticipates that phasing out jail farming operations will also minimize the possibilities for passing unlawful contraband into our prisons,” according to an April 2016 truth sheet from the dep. of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Adams has been a driver with United Dairy for 14 years and a prison milk deliveryman for the prior two years, Fornshell stated.
Investigators consider the contraband scheme was once dreamed up closing August.
Ahead Of making deliveries, Adams would meet a touch at a nearby freeway gas station and receive change milk cartons containing the contraband ahead of entering the prison, Fornshell mentioned. An inmate took it from there.
“It’s not being brought in barely to be randomly passed out to whoever — ‘Hey it’s your fortunate day, you’re certainly one of 30 winners lately,’” Fornshell stated.
“Somebody on the inside of had to be looking for the milk cartons coming in, figuring out how they have been going to be marked, realizing what day they were coming in,” the prosecutor said.
Fornshell stated the investigation used to be ongoing and there might be further fees.