Prison worker accused of sneaking in drugs that caused inmate overdoses

Rahjon Roberto Neal.
Rahjon Roberto Neal.

An employee of a state prison in Boyle County is accused of sneaking “spice” or synthetic marijuana into the facility. Inmates taking the spice were later treated for overdoses, court records said.

Rahjon Roberto Neal, 26, of Stanford was arrested Friday and charged with promoting contraband, according to an arrest citation.

Neal is an employee of Northpoint Training Center, a medium-security prison near Danville. Neal admitted that he brought “spice” into the prison by putting it in his boot, the citation said. Neal allegedly met with an inmate’s girlfriend before taking the synthetic marijuana inside.

“Several inmates have ‘overdosed’ and have been transported for medical treatment,” the citation said. It didn’t say how many inmates required medical attention.

“Spice” is a mix of herbs and man-made chemicals with mind-altering effects, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens. It is often called “synthetic marijuana” or "fake weed" because some of the chemicals in it are similar to ones in marijuana, but its effects are sometimes much different from marijuana and frequently much stronger.

The case against Neal was sent to the grand jury for review after a Wednesday hearing.

Neal remains in the Boyle County jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.