­­­­Woman jailed in contraband case

A Tipton woman who allegedly tossed a package of drugs over the fence of the Blair County Prison for her incarcerated boyfriend is now in jail on felony charges.

Hollidaysburg police allege Faith Carper, 30, of Tipton threw the package of drugs over the fence for her boyfriend, 34-year-old Michael L. McClellan, who was sentenced in April to 18 to 36 months in jail after pleading to a gun charge that came out of a domestic dispute with Carper in 2018.

According to charges filed by Hollidaysburg Borough police, a lieutenant at the jail happened to be outside and in the secured, fenced-in area near the kitchen, smoking a cigarette, when he saw a woman walk up and throw a package over the fence about 2:30 p.m. July 13.

“Do you know you just committed a felony?” the lieutenant asked the woman, whose identity was not known at the time, according to police.

The woman looked at him and said, “No, it’s just tobacco,” before she ran down Market Square Alley, got into a vehicle and fled.

The package actually contained suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, two gabepentin pills and an unidentified, crushed pill, according to police.

The police and prison staff first focused on inmates working in the kitchen during the first and second shifts and looked closely at McClellan and another inmate because they had both repeatedly asked to go outside to a storage room for supplies in order to make brownies.

Police noted that two plastic bags inside the package had the phrase, “I f–king love you,” written on them with a Sharpie pen, and when police listened to a phone conversation between McClellan and Carper from July 12 — apart from the two discussing times for when he would be in the kitchen and when she could get a ride — the two told each other, “I f—ing love you,” several times.

Carper also told McClellan she was “making him a nice little get up,” in a second call on Friday after McClellan told her he wasn’t feeling well, police noted in the charges.

On July 13, the two talked again on the phone with McClellan allegedly telling Carper he was going to work in the kitchen and would be there about 1 p.m. while she responded she was “about to come up.”

The lieutenant identified the woman he saw throw the package over the fence after police showed him McClellan’s Facebook page.

Carper also faces charges for an incident in April in which she allegedly tried to enter the Blair County Courthouse with marijuana and prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and drug-free urine. She was arraigned on those charges on Wednesday, with bail set at 10 percent of $15,000 in that case.

Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner set bail for Carper on the prison contraband case, which includes multiple felony charges, at $75,000 cash, and she remains in jail after failing to post bail.

McClellan is also charged with multiple felony counts that include criminal conspiracy and possession of contraband by an inmate. His bail was set on Thursday at $75,000 cash.

Both Carper and McClellan are scheduled to appear before Aigner on July 30 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.