Lorain prison employee charged after two pounds of crystal meth found inside home

Posted at 12:42 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 17:54:42-04

A former Lorain prison employee is facing several charges after police found two pounds of crystal meth inside her home.

On Saturday, police executed a warrant to search the home of Darice Clay, 37, of Akron. Inside the home, they found two pounds of crystal meth along with digital scales, officers said.

Clay worked as a classification specialist at the Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton. She resigned effective immediately on Tuesday. 

Prior to that position, she was a correctional officer. She worked at the prison for 10 years.

Chris Miller, a spokesperson for the Lorain Correctional Institution, said prison officials were aware of the ongoing investigation.

When asked if the prison was investigating whether Clay brought drugs into the facility, Miller said no.

"There is not an investigation. There is no reason to believe any conveyance was going on at this facility," Miller said.

Clay was booked into Summit County Jail but was released on a $25,000 bond. She's charged with trafficking, drug abuse and child endangerment. Her 3-year-old son was inside the home during the search. Summit County Children Services took custody of the boy.

"Our hearts ache. She is a state employee. It is disheartening, but we wish her the best," Miller said.