Former Chillicothe corrections officer admits to smuggling drugs into prison

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (WCMH) – A former corrections officer has admitted to smuggling drugs into a state prison.

James Barlage, a former corrections officer at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Court documents show he was caught bringing the drugs into the prison to give to inmates. Investigators say he used a cell phone hidden in the prison to coordinate the drug ring.

Mario Evans, 40, formerly of Dayton, Edward E. Bellman, 45, formerly of Miamisburg, Moses M. Stevens, 53, formerly of Xenia, Jon Christopher Birt, 50, of Dayton, Jamie L. Naegele, 47, of Brookville and Anthony Scott Blankenship, 32, of Columbus, are also charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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