An investigation at the Blair County Prison revealed drugs, cellphones and tobacco were smuggled into the jail in October with the help of an inmate’s wife, court documents stated.
After monitoring inmate James McCleary’s phone calls, Warden Abby Tate informed Hollidaysburg police of a plot to sneak prohibited items inside the jail through the laundry facility where James McCleary worked, police reported.
When questioned about the plot, James McCleary allegedly told Tate that his wife, Chasity, was scheduled to drop off drugs outside the prison’s garage door, which leads to the laundry room, court documents stated.
James McCleary also said drugs — Suboxone strips and two grams of fentanyl — were already inside the facility, having been previously delivered by his wife, and a drug test of the inmates in James McCleary’s block revealed at least one inmate had recently ingested fentanyl and buprenorphine, according to a criminal complaint.
While a search of James McCleary’s cellblock turned up no contraband, he allegedly led a corrections officer to a stash of Suboxone strips in the laundry area and said a cellphone was smuggled into another block via a laundry bag, court documents stated.
Tate told police the laundry bag was found in inmate Jonathan Delacruz’s cell along with a cellphone and a cellphone charger, police reported.
When Hollidaysburg police interviewed James McCleary, he alleged he was previously approached by…