Affidavit: Elaborate smuggling ring at CCA Leavenworth left inmates like ‘zombies’


Seven people were charged this week in federal court for their roles in what prosecutors allege was an elaborate drug-smuggling ring that moved methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes into a maximum-security prison in Leavenworth.


As Rowlette allegedly told his wife, inmates in his cell pod were strung out on “real deal drugs.” One inmate, Mark, spent $2,000 each week on illegal contraband, he said. A pack of cigarettes cost as much as $150 and a half pint of vodka cost $40, according to the affidavit. A pouch of tobacco sold for $100, and a gram of methamphetamine cost $300.

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