St. Paul man pleads guilty in drug-soaked letter mailing plot

The U.S. Attorney for Minnesota has announced a guilty plea from a St. Paul man who attempted to mail drugs to inmates at several Minnesota prisons.

Walter Davis pled guilty to several charges including attempted distribution of a controlled substance analog, firearms possession as a felon and fentanyl possession with intent to distribute.

A March 2021 investigation by the Department of Corrections on the introduction of narcotics into prisons led authorities back to Davis.

Authorities say that in April of 2021 Davis attempted to send letters to inmates containing a synthetic cannabinoid, which was soaked into the paper of news articles.

Law enforcement then obtained search warrants for addresses in Eagan and Maplewood, leading to the discovery of fentanyl, digital scales, multiple firearms and thousands of dollars in cash.

This investigation was conducted jointly by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Davis has yet to be sentenced.