Police: Inmate solicited drugs

McDuffie urged woman to mail him drugs

A man lodged in Cambria County Prison faces new criminal charges, including felonies, for allegedly attempting to set up a system to sell drugs while incarcerated.

Tyrone T. McDuffie, 23, is accused of asking a woman to mail him drugs.

According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday by the Cambria County Detective Bureau, McDuffie contacted the woman through letters from August through early February.

The letters, detectives said, were written in an attempt “to persuade her to send suboxone and synthetic marijuana … by mail to him inside the prison.”

McDuffie told the woman that he could make money while in prison by selling the drugs to his fellow inmates, according to the complaint.

“McDuffie stated in the letter he would use the money to pay his attorney fees,” a detective wrote in the complaint, noting McDuffie also promised to buy the woman a house and a ring.

According to the complaint, McDuffie gave the woman instructions on how to purchase the drugs and how to send them to the prison.

He told the woman to spray the synthetic marijuana on a piece of paper and to let it dry before writing a letter on the same sheet, according to the complaint.

Detectives said McDuffie told the woman she could then send the letter into the prison as “legal mail.”

The woman told investigators she had never purchased the drugs and did not send any illegal substances into the prison, according to the complaint.

Online court documents show McDuffie faces four felony charges of criminal solicitation.

He was arraigned Thursday morning before Magisterial District Judge Frederick Creany.

Online documents show McDuffie has a history of criminal charges, including criminal homicide and robbery charges that were filed for an alleged incident in early August in Johnstown.

McDuffie is to appear for a preliminary hearing on the most recent charges at 1 p.m. March 13 before Creany.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.