Investigators allege that a lawyer who lives in Butler County smuggled drugs into the Allegheny County Jail with the help of his incarcerated clients between 2018 and 2019, according to a recently released grand jury report.
Citing a “dramatic increase” in the use of synthetic marijuana, also referred to as JWH and K2, Allegheny County Police detectives assigned to the jail began to investigate how drugs were being smuggled into the jail. They determined that the drugs were being transported through the mail, jail employees and attorneys delivering drug-laced paperwork disguised as legal documents, according to the report, which was unsealed Thursday.
In the report, it is alleged that Paul Gettleman, 74, of Portersville, smuggled synthetic marijuana-tainted paper into the jail to at least two inmates who were his clients at the time.
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