Trumbull Co. couple attempts drug smuggling with card

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Trumbull County grand jury indicted an inmate and his girlfriend for allegedly trying to sneak drugs into the Trumbull County Jail.

Trumbull County Sheriff officials said Priscilla Miller tried to send a greeting card laced with suboxone, a treatment for heroin addiction, through the mail to her inmate boyfriend Hargus Hall.

“What they would do with the suboxone is they will put it on the card, birthday card, anniversary card, something of that nature. Or construction paper. When they send the card, they would adhere the suboxone, which comes as  a patch. They would put it on the thing and you would never see it,” said Trumbull County Sheriff’s Major Tom Stewart.

Stewart said Miller adhered the drug, which was a fourth of the size of a quarter, on a picture of a dog’s tongue on the front of the card. Deputies got a tip and intercepted the card before it got to Hall.

The card was sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing.

Officials said they used to handle these incidents in house because they are so hard to prosecute, but now when they get the evidence they are pressing charges. This is the fourth indictment since November of people trying to smuggle drugs into the jail.

Officials hope these indictments send a message.

“They get their ex-girlfriend, wife or somebody, mostly it’s females that are doing it, and they convince them that there is no problem, they got connections, bring it in and they are the ones getting caught. These are felony threes,” Stewart said.

Stewart said they are inspecting mail that is brought into the jail more carefully. They are also consulting with prosecutors about what kind of mail they do and don’t have to allow into the facility for inmates.

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