Prominent defense attorney, inmates accused of drug smuggling operation inside Allegheny County Jail

A grand jury has recommended charges against a prominent defense attorney, alleging that he is involved in a drug smuggling operation inside the Allegheny County Jail. The attorney, identified as Paul Gettleman, is accused of smuggling paper treated with K2, a synthetic cannabinoid, to inmates on multiple occasions in late 2018 and early 2019. The indictment also said Cheron Shelton, an inmate accused in the 2016 Wilkinsburg backyard ambush is involved, along with two other inmates and their family members. The report said inmates would sell small squares of the paper to other inmates, who would then smoke the paper to ingest the drug. The indictment said Gettleman received up to $1,000 for doing so. No charges were listed for Gettleman in the report. Gettleman declined to comment Thursday evening. Read the statement from Allegheny County Jail Warden Orlando Harper below: “The Allegheny County Jail takes the issue of contraband very seriously and has worked proactively to implement safeguards on an ongoing basis to address identified issues. We continue to focus on the care, custody and control of those in the facility and the safety of those incarcerated, as well as those who work and volunteer here. We constantly review and make changes, as appropriate, so that we can improve our controls at the facility – and will continue that process. Our thanks to the Allegheny County Police Department for working quickly on this case against those allegedly involved in abusing those processes.”This is a developing story, check back for updates.

A grand jury has recommended charges against a prominent defense attorney, alleging that he is involved in a drug smuggling operation inside the Allegheny County Jail.

The attorney, identified as Paul Gettleman, is accused of smuggling paper treated with K2, a synthetic cannabinoid, to inmates on multiple occasions in late 2018 and early 2019.

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The indictment also said Cheron Shelton, an inmate accused in the 2016 Wilkinsburg backyard ambush is involved, along with two other inmates and their family members.

The report said inmates would sell small squares of the paper to other inmates, who would then smoke the paper to ingest the drug.

The indictment said Gettleman received up to $1,000 for doing so. No charges were listed for Gettleman in the report.

Gettleman declined to comment Thursday evening.

Read the statement from Allegheny County Jail Warden Orlando Harper below:

“The Allegheny County Jail takes the issue of contraband very seriously and has worked proactively to implement safeguards on an ongoing basis to address identified issues. We continue to focus on the care, custody and control of those in the facility and the safety of those incarcerated, as well as those who work and volunteer here. We constantly review and make changes, as appropriate, so that we can improve our controls at the facility – and will continue that process. Our thanks to the Allegheny County Police Department for working quickly on this case against those allegedly involved in abusing those processes.”

This is a developing story, check back for updates.