Troopers Thwart Christmas Eve Pot Package Drop Over Prison Fence

By Keri Blakinger 12/27/17

Instead of getting milk and cookies, the alleged treat-tosser is facing charges for transporting drugs and electronics onto the institution's grounds.

Santa in handcuffs

The holiday spirit tried dropping off a few packages at the local prison—and ended the night in cuffs. 

On the morning of Christmas Eve, Ohio State Highway Patrol spotted someone trying to toss packages of tobacco, phones and pot over the fence of the Richland Correctional Institution in Mansfield, according to the Associated Press.

Instead of getting milk and cookies, the treat-tosser was arrested. Avery Ingram is now facing charges of illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of an institution, illegal conveyance of electronics onto the grounds of an institution and criminal trespassing.

It’s not clear if he was dressed in red or accompanied by reindeer, but it’s safe to say he was probably not too jolly at the time of his arrest.

Ingram’s mishap wasn’t the only holiday drug exchange-gone-bad in the headlines this year. On Christmas morning, a 58-year-old Massachusetts woman was charged with motor vehicle homicide and a slew of other crimes after police say she dragged her would-be crack dealer to death. 

Susan Dixon, who has a history of dragging people with vehicles in ill-fated drug deals, was held on $35,000 cash bail following an arraignment in Worcester Central District Court, according to MassLive.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Christmas, Dixon allegedly went to a gas station to buy a “20 rock.”

"At some point during the transaction, Susan had the Nissan in the reverse gear and accelerated while the male dealer was partly inside or hanging onto the vehicle," according to court filings. "As Susan travelled out of the BP parking lot onto Chandler St., the Nissan truck struck a traffic light pole causing it to fall to the road, and backed into the cyclone fence on Irving Street causing damage to the fence."

The would-be dealer clung on to the SUV as the driver crashed into things, resulting in neck and abdomen injuries. He was rushed to the hospital, but later died. 

Meanwhile, Dixon allegedly fled the scene, leaving behind her car. When police ran the vehicle’s plate, they paid a visit to the Worcester woman’s home and arrested her there. 

Although Dixon ultimately admitted to making the drug run, the victim’s family said he was a Bostonite in town to visit his seven children and was not selling drugs.

Dixon is due back in court Jan. 23. 

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.