INEZ -- A federal prison guard in eastern Kentucky took $3,000 in exchange for smuggling drugs to an inmate on three occasions, a federal indictment alleges.
The allegations are in a new indictment of Alice Marie Stapleton, 30, who faces five charges of either possessing drugs or conspiring to smuggle contraband into the prison. A prison spokeswoman said Stapleton was suspended indefinitely.
A federal grand jury on Monday issued a new indictment of Stapleton, adding charges and detailing more alleged conspirators, including an inmate at the prison and his mother.
The indictment says inmate Personne E. McGhee arranged for his mother, Clady McGhee of Fort Wayne, Ind., to pick up heroin and marijuana for him and bring the drugs to Kentucky in January, March and July. Stapleton is accused of picking up the drugs at a motel in Paintsville and sneaking them into the prison, the indictment said.
Guards are not subject to being searched on entering the prison, the indictment noted.
Stapleton is charged in the new indictment with seven counts of either conspiring to smuggle drugs into the prison or possessing drugs with intent to distribute them. The others charged are Kenneth Bates, who was an inmate at the prison and allegedly took part in the smuggling; Maria "Re Re" Mims, who allegedly supplied drugs to Personne McGhee's mother in Indianapolis; and Temeka Halliburton, charged with helping get and deliver the drugs to Kentucky.
Personne McGhee pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to being part of the conspiracy. His mother and Grady Perry of Fort Wayne, Ind., who drove her to pick up and deliver drugs in one case, have also filed motions to plead guilty, court records show.