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03/06/2019

Corrections Announces Staff Arrests for Contraband

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Corrections announces the recent arrests of three staff members for attempting to introduce contraband into its facilities.

"When we closed off the mail as a major avenue for drugs getting into prisons we knew there would be pressure on other avenues for contraband introduction and that includes staff," said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. "We have a zero-tolerance policy on contraband in our facilities, whether it is introduced by visitors, staff or other means and violators will be prosecuted."

Arrested were:

  • Rick A. Davis, 36, a corrections food service instructor at SCI Houtzdale, was arrested March 2 for attempting to introduce contraband into SCI Houtzdale and charged by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) with felony manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, felony intentional possession of controlled substance, felony possession of controlled substance contraband/inmate, and misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia. The employee has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
  • Stephen R. Palermini, 46, a corrections officer at SCI Somerset, was arrested March 1 for attempting to introduce contraband into SCI Somerset and charged by the PSP with felony contraband/controlled substance and misdemeanor contraband - telecommunication device (cell phone). The employee has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
  • Skyler R. Galgon, 35, a corrections officer at SCI Cambridge Springs, was arrested January 28 for attempting to introduce contraband into SCI Cambridge Springs and charged by the PSP with felony possession of contraband/controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The employee has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

For additional information on these cases please contact the Pennsylvania State Police. The DOC will be posting arrests relating to contraband finds on its website, www.cor.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Worden, 717-728-4026

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