An East St. Louis man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts in U.S. District Court, admitting that he tried to pass marijuana to an inmate at a federal prison in Greenville.
Ricky J. McGee, 34, pleaded guilty to providing contraband to a federal inmate and making a false representation to the Bureau of Prisons. McGee could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison during a March 1 hearing in East St. Louis.
McGee’s case stems from a May 8, 2016, visit to Greenville. A corrections officer was monitoring McGee’s visit with inmate Edward Powell. The officer saw McGee pass a bag of Doritos chips to Powell. The officer ended McGee’s visit and the Doritos bag was confiscated by the officer.
Police said they found eight small blue balloons that contained a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana. Powell was placed into a dry cell after the visit so that his bowel movements could be monitored. Police said two balloons were found in Powell’s stool. The green leafy substance inside those balloons field-tested positive for marijuana, police said.
Police said a review of videotape showed McGee reaching into his pants pocket before he gave the Doritos bag to Powell. Inmates are prohibited from possessing marijuana. McGee was charged with making a false statement because he had written on a visitor’s form that he was not in possession of marijuana.
McGee has been free on a $10,000 recognizance bond.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Prisons’ Special Investigation Section. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Scott.