Drug 'kingpin' busted for operating meth ring inside Bucks County prison

Dan Wing
May 11, 2019 - 9:39 am
Shayla Hadley

Bucks County District Attorney's Office


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A woman will face an extra 10 to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to smuggling drugs into the Bucks County Correctional Facility and running a drug ring inside the prison. 

Shayla Hadley, 24, of Quakertown, pleaded guilty Thursday to 14 counts of distributing methamphetamine to inmates inside the prison.

The Bucks County District Attorney's Office says Hadley used a pill bottle to smuggle a large quantity of meth into the jail in January, 2018, and then traded the drugs for money deposited into her commissary account.

"She was very good at concealing it in her body cavity so that no one would be able to detect it upon her being processed in the jail," said Assistant District Attorney Ashley C. Towhey..."and when she got to the jail she made it known to the other inmates that she was 'packing' and distributed it to over a dozen females."

Towhey says Hadley considered herself a "kingpin" and the "El Chappo" of the prison. She enlisted the help of nearly a dozen other inmates housed in a section of the prison meant to treat drug addiction, supplying them with free drugs as payment. 

"These women were in a thearaputic community in the jail, they were battling addiction," Towhey explained. "They were there not only to pay for their mistakes but also to try to learn how to battle their addiction."

She says Hadley raked in hundreds of dollars in just a few days.

But Towhey says the operation was undone when one of the inmates involved had an adverse reaction to methamphetamine and had to be hospitalized.

In addition, 42-year-old Bree Allison Taylor, of Bedminster, and 32-year-old Aleah Marie Moore, of Bensalem, were both sentenced to multiple years in prison for helping distribute the drugs to other women.

Seven other women in the prison were sentenced on lesser charges related to the scheme.