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Posted on: November 19, 2021

BCCF GUARD PLEADS GUILTY IN SMUGGLING RING; SENTENCED TO 2-4 YEARS IN STATE PRISON

Joseph Jennings

A former guard at the Bucks County Correctional Facility pleaded guilty on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, for his role in a drug smuggling ring inside the jail and was sentenced to two to four years in state prison. 

Joseph J. Jennings, 33, of Warminster, entered guilty pleas to contraband and criminal conspiracy and was sentenced by Bucks County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey L. Finley to state prison. 

An investigation by the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force and Bucks County Correctional Facility Investigators found that Jennings smuggled Suboxone into the jail on multiple occasions between October 2018 and July 2019 while employed as a guard assigned to the restrictive housing unit at the Doylestown Township facility. 

According to investigators, Jennings provided the drugs to inmate Vincent McCandless Sr., 36, who then distributed the drugs to other inmates in the jail. Jennings got the Suboxone from Joseph Robert Wilson, 41, of Philadelphia, and McCandless’s juvenile son.
 

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