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Prison guard, inmate’s mother sentenced for drug smuggling scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former prison guard and the mother of an inmate were sentenced to prison on Tuesday after attempting to smuggle drugs into a correctional facility.

Mark Steven Taylor, 40, of Richwood, and Pamela Gail Adkins, 44, of Oak Hill, received sentences of 24 months and 14 months respectively.

Taylor admitted while employed at the Huttonsville Correctional Center, he accepted quantities of methamphetamine and heroin from Adkins. He also said Adkins paid him $500, and he had smuggled drugs on one previous occasion.

The incident happened in February 2019.

The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force observed Adkins giving Taylor a package containing drugs.

Taylor was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and Adkins was found guilty of distribution of methamphetamine and heroin.

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