Ex-WPa. state prison guard charged with smuggling

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A former guard at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison has been charged with conspiring with two inmates to smuggle marijuana, pornographic magazines and Muslim religious oils into the lockup.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections says 35-year-old Donald Lynch, of Fort Loudon, was charged Tuesday after his wife told investigators that Lynch had boasted of making easy money by smuggling the items.

A spokeswoman for the state prison in Somerset says Lynch lost his job at the prison earlier this month. She declined to say if he quit or was fired.

Internal investigators say Lynch smuggled some of the items inside tennis balls and hollow, plastic practice golf balls. Lynch was allegedly paid with Visa gift cards or by transfers into a PayPal account.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Lynch.

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