Prosecutor: Woman smuggled drugs that killed Ohio inmate


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused by prosecutors of smuggling the drugs that killed an Ohio prison inmate when a balloon containing methamphetamine broke open inside his body has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Latonya Cliff, 37, of Cleveland, was also indicted Thursday in Mahoning County on illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a government facility, aggravated drug trafficking and aggravated drug possession charges, court records show. Perez Worley, 28, died in December 2018 at the privately operated Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown, the Warren Tribune Chronicle reported.

Worley was serving a life sentence for a 2014 slaying outside Cleveland. The balloon that broke open was one of eight inside of his body, an assistant Mahoning County prosecutor said.

No attorney was listed for Cliff in online court records. An arrest warrant for her was issued Thursday.