Windsor woman pleads guilty to smuggling drugs to inmate
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Windsor woman pleads guilty to smuggling drugs to inmate

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – U.S. Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery announced Monday that Samantha Ellis, 34, of Windsor pleaded guilty to supplying contraband to an inmate at a Pennsylvania prison.

According to court evidence, Tyshawn McDade was serving an 11-year sentence for gang-related drug trafficking at the U.S. Penitentiary in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, when on November 12, 2022, Ellis smuggled in a small blue balloon containing approximately 20 packaged strips of Suboxone sublingual film. , which is a Schedule III controlled substance and drug.


McDade swallowed the balloon. A prison officer noticed what had happened and ended the visit. The exchange was captured on video.

On September 28, 2023, a Pennsylvania federal grand jury returned an indictment charging McDade and Ellis with a crime. The judge scheduled Ellis’ sentencing for Sept. 3, and she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

He is currently out on $10,000 bail awaiting sentencing.