Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Drugs Hidden Under Prison Postcard Stamps

Florida's St. Petersburg Times reports, "Postcards sent with love from a wife to her incarcerated husband had a little something extra — drugs, crushed to a powder and hidden underneath the stamps."

" A clerk in the jail's mail room noticed a bumpy-looking stamp, reported it to a deputy who peeled the stamp back to reveal a blue powder that later tested positive for oxycodone," according to the article by reporter Erin Sullivan.

The wife was arrested and charged with eight counts of introduction of contraband into a detention facility - seven postcards with oxycodone and one with morphine.

She told authorities she sent the drugs because her husband asked her to do it.

The jail changed its mail policy last year, forbidding letters in envelopes to inmates and only allowing correspondence on postcards to reduce contraband.

To read the entire article, click here.

For a related story on on the switch to prison postcards, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM