Bucks County Correctional Facility’s “El Chapo” is headed from county jail to state prison after leading a methamphetamine ring with eleven other women.
Shayla Hadley, 24, of Quakertown, plead guilty to 14 felony counts which could net her up to 20 years in the state jail.
Hadley admitting to beginning the scheme when she entered the facility on January 7, 2018, by smuggling a pill bottle inside of her vagina. Hadley and her cronies then distributed the pills throughout their housing facility known as “the bubble,” whose purpose is to assist drug addicts in recovery.
Hadley then used meth as payment and as a means to manipulate other inmates from throughout the county. The plot netted her around $700 just a few days after her entry, according to authorities.
Hadley seemingly fancied herself a drug lord, referring to herself as a “Kingpin”, and “El Chapo.” She also reportedly told her ring mates, “If one of us goes down, we all go down. If we all do this together, no one can tell on us.”
In a prepared statement read prior to her sentencing, Hadley tried to show remorse for her actions, stating that she showed “blatant carelessness and disregard for the law” while also referencing her own drug problems.
However, Assistant District Attorney Ashley C. Towhey was not convinced. Towhey shot back with an example she believed explained Hadley’s true character.
Towhey told of the time when a member of Hadley’s ring had a bad reaction to methamphetamines and clearly needed a doctor. Fellow inmates immediately rushed to the woman’s aid while Hadley tried to tell them to leave her alone. The event both hospitalized the victim and led to the discovery of the meth ring.
“Shayla Hadley did not care one bit about any of these defendants she was exploiting. All she cared about was herself, her money and her commissary,” Towhey said.
Judge Rea B. Boylan told Hadley she, “in a predatory way, took advantage of the circumstances of the women who were with you.” Boylan sentenced Hadley to successive prison sentences adding up to 10-20 years.
Nine of the other ring members are also being charged with various sentences ranging from 36 months probation to nine years in state prison. The cases of the last two remain open.
WBCB’s Wes Champlin contributed to this post.