Utah corrections officer charged with smuggling medications into prison

A Utah Department of Corrections officer has been billed with assisting to aid the smuggling of medicines into the Utah Condition Jail. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret Information)

Issue OF THE MOUNTAIN — 3 individuals, which includes a Utah Division of Corrections officer, have been charged with distributing prescription drugs to inmates at the Utah State Prison.

Bryon Curt Stoddard, 45, of Orem, who was operating for the Utah Section of Corrections at the time of his alleged crimes, has been billed with drug distribution or arranging to distribute medicine, a next-degree felony and drug possession with intent to distribute, a third-diploma felony.

Cella Cherrie Pasillas, 24, of Orem, and Paul William Munster, 46, were being also each and every charged in 3rd District Court on Aug. 27 with drug distribution, a 2nd-diploma felony.

Investigators with the office discovered in August that Stoddard offered a few inmates, such as Munster, with methamphetamine, Suboxone and fentanyl and that “upcoming ‘drops’ were being prepared every single 7 days,” according to charging files.

Munster would phone Pasillas who would set up a conference with Stoddard for the transfer of medicines and dollars, the expenses condition. Investigators also discovered that “Stoddard gained $1,000 for each drop and that Stoddard also employed methamphetamine,” the costs point out.

An investigator listened to one of Munster’s recorded cellphone phone calls from jail with Pasillas and he gave her “certain instruction to make a golf ball-sized package out of Suboxone,” according to the rates.

Investigators said they also realized that several inmates, who are all part of a white supremacy group, were creating payments for the medications by sending money to Pasillas’ Venmo account.

“Stoddard was doing the job for the optimum-ranking (Troopers of Aryan Lifestyle) gang associates in the jail,” the charging paperwork allege.

On Aug. 24, investigators acquired that Stoddard was going to decide up much more medicine. Officers adopted him as he went to a house in Salt Lake County and exited carrying a bag, the costs condition. Officers then pulled Stoddard more than near 150 E. 800 North, and, working with a drug sniffing police K-9, noted finding meth, Suboxone and drug paraphernalia.

“I’m going to get fired,” Stoddard allegedly said as the officers started their look for.

Even though becoming transported to a put for a official interview to be conducted, Stoddard additional stated that he had been using meth for about 12 several years and admitted to earning a “drop” for Munster, in accordance to the rates.

The charging documents say at least one inmate is believed to have overdosed on fentanyl smuggled into the jail by Stoddard.

Stoddard, who made his first court docket appearance on Thursday, has a further listening to scheduled for Sept. 13.

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