2 arrested for smuggling contraband into Jail

Clearwater, FL -- According to investigators between July 22, 2014 and July 27, 2014, 27-year-old, inmate Janelle Albertson conspired with her mother, 53 year-old Mary Ann Albertson, to introduce various prescription pills into the Pinellas County Jail. Deputies assigned to the Detention Investigations Unit began to investigate the case after detention deputies received a tip.

The investigation revealed that the women devised a plan in which Mary Ann Albertson would deliver and hide various prescription pills in a public restroom at the jail. The pills would then be recovered by an inmate worker who would then deliver the contraband to Janelle Albertson in her housing unit at the jail.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives learned that Janelle Albertson was selling or trading each pill for approximately $50 worth of items of value -such as commissary products, phone cards, and a pair of Nike shoes. Deputies say the pills were also used for personal consumption.

Deputies say deliveries of pills to the jail occurred on at least two occasions during the above mentioned time frame.

On July 31st, investigators discovered various pills including Morphine, Cyclobenzaprine, Xanax, Soma and Dilaudid concealed in one of the public restrooms.

On July 31st, 2014, deputies arrested Mary Ann Albertson at her Clearwater home for Conspiracy to Introduce Contraband to a County Detention Facility and Introduction of Contraband into a County Facility. She was later transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. Janelle Albertson was charged with the same charges.


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