Corrections officer smuggled drugs

Davis pleads to three counts of possession

Updated to correct number of counts in subhead.


CLEARFIELD -- A former employee of the state prison at Houtzdale pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs to inmates in Clearfield Court Tuesday.

Rick Allen Davis Jr., 37, pleaded to felony counts of possession of controlled substance/contraband to inmate (synthetic marijuana, methamphetamine and Suboxone), possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance before President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman.

Davis's attorney, Steven Johnston, noted that the probation office's recommended sentence of two to six years in state prison for Davis would make him ineligible for the Quehanna Boot Camp.

Ammerman agreed to mod­ify the sentence to a five-year maximum, which would allow Davis to be considered for the program.

In total, Davis received a sentence of two to five years in state prison.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Davis, a corrections officer food ser­vice instructor, dropped a con­tainer in the officers' dining hall bathroom, which contained Muslim oil.

In an interview with in­vestigators, Davis reportedly admitted he intended to deliver Muslim oil and synthetic marijuana to an inmate.

Police said when he was searched, officers found a small bag of methamphetamine, two Suboxone strips and 10 sheets of paper containing synthetic marijuana.

Davis gave police permission to search his vehicle, which was found to contain 18.9 grams of methamphetamine, 1.3 grams of synthetic marijuana in latex-type packaging, 10 paper strips containing synthetic marijuana, nine full sheets of paper containing synthetic marijuana, 44 packages of Suboxone, a plastic bottle with 74.9 grams of synthetic marijuana, a half strip of Suboxone and 14 international money orders pay­able to Davis totaling $4,341,


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