A substance abuse counselor from Falls Township is facing charges for allegedly smuggling drugs to an inmate at a New Jersey prison.

Camey Springer, 50, of Falls Township. Photo via Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Camey Springer, 50, is a resident of West Trenton Avenue in Morrisville. While she worked at the Gateway Foundation, authorities say Springer was giving drugs to a prisoner since at least 2018.

The New Jersey Department of Corrections Special Investigations Division began investigating after a prisoner at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Wrightstown, NJ was found with “crushed up pills and synthetic marijuana known as K2,” according to the Burlington County Prosecutors Office. Mid-State is a facility specifically designed to help treat inmates with addictions.

K2 has increased in popularity in recent years, as some believe it is a harmless alternative to other drugs. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts synthetic marijuana can be “unpredictable and, in some cases, more dangerous or even life-threatening.”

After investigating, detectives determined Springer gave the inmate K2, Subutex, and Suboxone. The last two are drugs used to treat opiate addiction.

After more digging, authorities concluded Springer also gave the same inmate drugs while he was at a different state prison in Cumberland County. Prosecutors believe she sent the drugs both in person and in the mail several times in 2018 and 2019.

Springer faces third degree charges of Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute, and related charges.