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Contractor arrested for smuggling balloons into La Grange prison

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

A Pleasureville man claims he was asked by an inmate at the Kentucky State Reformatory to bring an envelope filled with cash inside the prison.

But police say the envelope contained balloons with an unknown orange drug inside.

Police arrested Richard D. Dwyer, 49, of Pleasureville, at the Kentucky State Reformatory on April 4. Court documents list Dwyer as a civilian contractor working at the prison.

According to police, Dwyer told police he met an unidentified man at Thornton’s gas station in Buckner who gave him a plain white envelope with what was supposed to be $750 cash.

Dwyer gave the envelope to a co-worker, Tyrone T. Womack, 42, of Vineland, N.J., who transported the envelope inside KSR and gave it to another inmate.

Police arrested Womack the same day.

KSR officials seized the envelope and found four individually wrapped balloons with an unknown orange substance inside.

Dwyer is charged with promoting contraband, possession of a controlled substance and trafficking a controlled substance. He is scheduled to appear in Oldham district court at 1 p.m. May 22.

Womack is charged with promoting contraband, possession of a controlled substance and trafficking a controlled substance.

As of press time, Womack was scheduled to appear in Oldham district court at 1 p.m. April 16.