Ex-corrections officer sentenced to 1 year for smuggling drugs into Lebanon prison

Posted at 1:28 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 13:28:25-05

LEBANON, Ohio -- A former corrections officer was sentenced to a year in prison Friday for smuggling drugs into the prison where he worked.

Walter Richardson, 23, pleaded guilty in January to illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell announced. He had worked at the Lebanon Correctional Institution.

During a routine inspection at the prison Aug. 26, officials found Richardson had 100 Suboxone strips hidden in the finger of a rubber glove in his pocket, according to Fornshell.

Investigators found that an inmate, who Richardson would not identify, paid him $1,000 to deliver the drugs, according to Fornshell. He immediately resigned and was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Because Richardson was an employee of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the prison term was mandatory, according to Fornshell.