Benner state prison inmate’s sentence extended

A state correctional inmate was sentenced to an additional three to six years Thursday after being caught with drugs in prison.

According to a news release from the county District Attorney’s Office, Charles Lewis, 33, an inmate at Benner state prison, was found guilty after a daylong jury trial in March. The court found that Lewis had his sister, Michilean Lewis, 30, of Philadelphia, smuggle Suboxone and marijuana into the prison when she visited her brother.

Suboxone is commonly used to treat pain as well as opioid addictions.

Correctional officers observed Michilean Lewis transfer the drugs to her brother in August 2015, the release said. Several “balloons” of drugs were recovered, including 22 grams of marijuana and 64 strips of Suboxone.

A Department of Corrections expert testified that the drugs could be worth up to $10,000 in prison, the release said.

Charles Lewis was charged with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts, the release said, including possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy of possession of a controlled substance by an inmate and possession of drug paraphernalia. The three- to six-year sentence will run consecutive to his current sentence, followed by one year of probation.

Michilean Lewis was charged with the same crimes, the release said, and was sentenced in May to two to four years in a state correctional facility followed by three years probation.

“Drugs in prison and on the block are dangerous to the employees inside the prison,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said. “Come visit your relatives but do not bring drugs with you. You will be caught and the penalty is stiff.”