Testimony Continues In Prison Drug Smuggling Trial

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Testimony continues in a prison drug smuggling trial. Alice Stapleton is accused of bringing in drugs to Big Sandy Federal Prison in Martin County.

Stapleton was a guard at the Big Sandy Prison and prosecutors say her role was to actually get the heroin, pot, and cell phones inside the prison. Stapleton's defense all along has been that she felt forced into doing this, that a federal inmate threatened to physically hurt if she didn't go along with the plan.

Another federal inmate who prosecutors say was the ring leader in an overall conspiracy to get these drugs inside the prison testified Wednesday. Elrico McGhee has already pleaded guilty in this case. McGhee testified that Alice Stapleton willingly went along with everything because he says she wanted to make money. Defense attorneys tried to question the credibility of Elrico McGhee, who admits to being a gang leader. They tried to show that he ordered another inmate to threaten Stapleton.

Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case Thursday and that's when the defense will call their witnesses. The trial is expected to last at least until Friday.

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