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Source of illicit drugs mailed to Minnesota inmates gets 20-year federal prison sentence

Walter "Disney" Davis sold paper sprayed with a synthetic cannabinoid substance to inmates


December 13, 2022

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

Minnesota Correctional Facility, Stillwater.

A man who mailed a source of contraband narcotics embedded in ink into Minnesota state correctional facilities last year will now spend two decades in federal prison for charges that stemmed from a state Corrections Department probe.

U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright imposed a 20-year federal sentence on Walter Davis, 40, of St. Paul, Friday on charges including distribution of a drug analogue, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and illegally possessing firearms as a felon. Wright's sentence was five months more than what prosecutors had sought in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Shnider, in court filings before last week's sentencing, described Davis as representing the "true lifeblood of prison contraband schemes." She warned about a rising scourge of drug-soaked letters entering prisons around the country – causing multiple facilities, including those in Minnesota, to suspend delivery of prison mail altogether.


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