According to federal authorities, a guy from St. Paul has admitted guilt to accusations that he smuggled drugs into numerous Minnesota state prisons.
The 40-year-old Walter “Disney” Davis was on trial in U.S. District Court on June 15 and entered a plea of guilty to all charges two days later, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis.
The inquiry, according to the authorities, started in March 2021 when drugs were found in many institutions run by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, including Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, Faribault, and Rush City.
On April 21, 2021, Davis attempted to mail six letters to six DOC prisoners after investigators identified him as the suspect. The mails also contained news items printed on superior Strathmore brand cotton fiber art paper that had been dipped with MDMB-4en-PINACA, a man-made cannabinoid that when ingested has psychedelic effects.
A search warrant was sought for two homes that Davis frequented after investigators intercepted the letters.
Investigators found two bags of fentanyl, $3,000 in cash, digital scales, and a.38-caliber revolver at his house in Eagan. More than 400 grams of fentanyl, digital scales, a spray bottle containing MDMB-4en-PINACA, a bundle of Strathmore paper, and a loaded.357-caliber pistol were discovered at the second site, a Maplewood apartment.
Davis entered pleas of guilty to two charges of having a handgun while a felon and one count each of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and attempted distribution of a controlled drug analog. Later, a hearing to determine the sentence will be set.
The inquiry was carried out by the DOC and the USPS Inspection Service.